Coronavirus in Scotland: What time is the covid briefing today, what can we expect the First Minister to say, how can you follow as decision to be made on Glasgow?

As a review of the coronavirus restrictions is due, here is all you need to know before Nicola Sturgeon's briefing in Scotland on Friday, May 28.

As cases in parts of Scotland continue to rise, Nicola Sturgeon is set to hold a coronavirus briefing which will address changes in restrictions at lunchtime on Friday.

The First Minister is likely to give an update on the situation in Glasgow as cases of the virus spread across parts – specifically the southside – of the city.

How can you follow?

The First Minister is likely to give an update on the situation in Glasgow as cases of the virus spread across parts of the city (Photo: John Devlin and Russell Cheyne).

You can follow the latest covid updates in Scotland via the Scotsman’s liveblog which will keep you up to date with the main points of the briefing as they are announced as well as other news on covid across the country.

The briefing will also be live-streamed via the Scotsman’s website so you can watch and listen in as the First Minister brief’s the country on the latest covid news.

What can we expect the First Minister to say?

A decision is expected today on whether Glasgow should continue to face tougher covid restrictions in this review of covid changes in Scotland.

With measures easing across Scotland in recent weeks, Glasgow is currently the only area in Scotland subjected to level three covid restrictions.

However, at her briefing on Tuesday, Ms Sturgeon said there were reasons for ‘cautious optimism’ as she hinted at covid infection rates ‘stabilising’ in the city.

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The First Minister may also address the covid situation in other places such as Dundee after health bosses warned of a significant increase in the number of cases in the city.

Clackmannanshire currently has the highest covid rate in Scotland, with a seven-day average rate of 151.3 cases per 100,000 people while Glasgow sits at 145.9 per 100,000.

East Renfrewshire sits at 104.7.

Ms Sturgeon will also announce the latest coronavirus and vaccination figures across Scotland.

What time is the covid briefing?

The First Minister will announce the covid restriction review at 12.15pm on Friday, May 28.

The briefing will be given at St Andrew’s House and will be followed by questions from the media.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and National Clinical Director Jason Leitch will hold the briefing.

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Sunderland AFC transfer and contract news RECAP: Updates from the SOL

Last updated: Monday, 13 September, 2021, 15:09

  • Sunderland beat Accrington Stanley at the weekend.
  • The Black Cats head to Fleetwood Town this Saturday.

Hello and welcome to our live Sunderland blog, we’ll have updates throughout the day.

Sunderland ‘close in’ on new coach

Sunderland are reportedly close to appointing a new first-team coach.

Phil Jevons, an academy coach at Everton, is set to join Lee Johnson’s backroom staff, according to The Sun’s Alan Nixon.

The former striker was a somewhat journeyman during his playing career having progressed through the Toffees youth set up.

Jevons featured for nine clubs in total and was teammates with Johnson at Yeovil Town and Bristol City.

The 42-year-old started working at Everton’s academy during the latter stages of his playing days – spending nine years there.

Nixon tweeted: “Sunderland. Going to bring in coach Phil Jevons from Everton to work with first team. Been at under 18 level at Goodison … now stepping up.”

The return of a familiar face

Former Sunderland owner and lifelong fan Bob Murray was spotted back at the Stadium of Light for the win over Accrington Stanley.

Murray funded the Black Cats’ move for the Roker Park to the SOL in 1997 before selling his majority shareholding to the Drumavile consortium, nine years later.

For so long, Murray was not welcome at the stadium he had built after a serious rift developed between him and Ellis Short.

He also wasn’t a fan of Stewart Donald and Charlie Methven – but there appears to be no such problem with new owner Kyril Louis-Dreyfus.

Murray was in the directors’ box following an invitation from KLD as Sunderland beat Accrington to 2-1.

Defender to miss Fleetwood Town

Tom Flanagan will next weekend’s trip to Fleetwood after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season.

The 29-year-old was booked during the Black Cats’ League One fixture against Accrington Stanley after a collision with visiting goalkeeper James Trafford in the second half.

Flanagan has started every league game for Sunderland this season but will now be suspended for the Fleetwood fixture.

Either Bailey Wright or West Ham loanee Frederik Alves will be expected to come into the side alongside Callum Doyle.

Ticket details for Wigan clash released

Sunderland have confirmed ticket details for the Carabao Cup third-round visit to Wigan Athletic on Tuesday 21 September (KO 7:45pm).

Here’s what the website says:

The first phase of tickets will go on sale to Season Card holders with 20+ Black Cat points at 4pm on Monday 13 September, with the phase ending at 9am on Wednesday 15 September.

Subject to availability, the second stage of sales will see tickets become available to all Season Card holders at 11am on Wednesday 15 September, with the phase ending at 12 noon on Thursday 16 September.

Any remaining available tickets will then be launched on General Sale at 2pm on Thursday 17 September, ending at 3pm on Friday 18 September, when any unsold tickets will be returned to Wigan Athletic.

Prices for all away tickets for the cup tie are as follows:

Adult - £15

Over-65 - £8

Under-22 - £8

Supporters requiring a personal assistant or wheelchair space can call the SAFC ticket office on 0371 911 1973 to make their booking.

Any further ticket announcements will be made on in due course.

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