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The First Minister released vital Christmas guidance at a press conference in Edinburgh on Wednesday.

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People are recommended to remain with their own households in their own house at Christmas, only forming Christmas bubbles if they absolutely have to.

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She added that if someone hasn’t already planned a Christmas bubble, they now shouldn’t.

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Last updated: Thursday, 17 December, 2020, 13:43

  • The First Minister has issued vital Christmas guidance. 
  • More than 18,000 already received first dose of coronavirus vaccine.
  • 900 Scots told to self-isolate in error after technical fault in app. 

RD: Why did Scot Gov stop funding rehab beds

FM: "I agree there is a question" as to why this is the case.

“This is one of the issues that the Drugs Death Taskforce is considering” 

FM will meet taskforce on January 12. 

Richard Leonard also raising the drug death statistics in Scotland.

FM: “We do have a serious questions to ask” whether enough work is being done.

“I’m not going to stand here and defend the indefensible.” 

RL: Gov ignored it’s own previous strategies with regards to drug deaths.

FM: “We merit valid scrutiny and criticism” 

RL calls for FM to sack the Minister for Public Health.

Patrick Harvey addresses climate emergency and asks FM to drop support for third runway in Heathrow.

FM: Agrees that there is a question over new runways at a time when countries are looking to reduce emissions. 

FM: Heathrow not a case for Scot Gov. 

Patrick Harvey: Important for the Scot Gov to retract support of Heathrow third runway.

FM: We have gone further than most other countries in the world in reducing emissions. 

FM: Merit in the case of retracting support, though it was initially given as Scotland will benefit economically from the building of the third runway. 

Willie Rennie also asks for Joe FitzPatrick (Public Health Minister) to stand down.

FM says she will still work with PH Minister. 

King of Sweden admits country’s soft-touch approach to coronavirus has failed

Sweden’s coronavirus strategy has failed, its king has said, as the country struggles with a far higher death toll than its Scandinavian neighbours.

Loanhead care home may be forced to close following reports of several deaths

Thornlea Nursing Home is at risk of losing it’s registration after 'serious and significant concerns' were identified during an inspection.

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