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First Minister expected to announce further delay to return of Scottish schools and restrictions closer to the stay-at-home lockdown in March.

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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: The latest updates on Covid-19 on Monday, January 4

Last updated: Monday, 04 January, 2021, 16:53

 

  • Nicola Sturgeon announces full lockdown from midnight
  • Scottish schools to remain closed until February
  • Scots only allowed to leave home for ‘essential purposes’
  • Boris Johnson to told press conference at 8pm
  • Over 50s and vulnerable Scots to receive vaccine by May

Scottish retail chiefs react to fresh coronavirus lockdown

‘Thwacked hard’: Scottish retail chiefs react to fresh lockdown announced by Nicola Sturgeon

Scottish retailers have been “thwacked hard” by the coronavirus pandemic and fresh restrictions announced today are “unsettling” for the industry, according to the Scottish Retail Consortium (SRC).

Labour leader welcomes fresh measures from PM

Responding to the announcement of the Prime Minister’s statement and the recall of Parliament, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said: “I hope the Prime Minister has been listening to the clear calls for tough national restrictions.”

He told the PA news agency new measures were needed to “get the virus under control, protect the NHS and create the space for the vaccine to be rolled out as quickly as humanly possible”.

Lockdown rules explained

Piers Morgan says PM faces ‘huge pressure’ to follow Sturgeon’s lockdown lead

Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces “huge pressure” to follow Scotland’s lead and announce fresh lockdown measures across England, according to Piers Morgan.

This afternoon the First Minister announced that, from midnight, Scots will be required by law to remain in their homes throughout January except for essential purposes only.

As Ms Sturgeon spoke in the Scottish Parliament, Downing Street announced the Prime Minister would hold a previously unscheduled press conference at 8pm this evening.

A No. 10 spokesman said: ‘The spread of the new variant of COVID-19 has led to rapidly escalating case numbers across the country.

‘The Prime Minister is clear that further steps must now be taken to arrest this rise and to protect the NHS and save lives.’  

‘He will set those out this evening.’

Mr Morgan said the First Minister’s decision had piled “huge pressure” on Mr Johnson to announce similar measures south of the border.

“Scotland going into new full national lockdown from midnight until end of January,” the Good Morning Britain host wrote.

“Huge pressure now on @BorisJohnson to do the same in England,” he finished.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer also urged the Prime Minister to follow Scotland’s lead.

The first Scots have been given their first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca.

Rollout of Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine begins in Scotland

The first Scots have been given their first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca.

Read the FM’s statement in full

Coronavirus in Scotland: Nicola Sturgeon's address to Parliament in full

The First Minister addressed the Scottish Parliament announcing a full lockdown in Scotland. Here is her speech in full.

Nicola Sturgeon extends pupil return to school date to February

Scottish pupils will not return to school until February, Nicola Sturgeon announces

Schools will not reopen until at least the start of February under measures announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Edinburgh testing hub opening delayed due to sprinkler system fault

Edinburgh regional laboratory for Covid testing closed due to 'last minute issue'

A laboratory in the Capital set up to increase Scotland’s testing capacity has temporarily closed due to a fault in the property’s sprinkler system.

Boris Johnson to told press conference at 8pm

A  No10 spokesman said: ‘The spread of the new variant of COVID-19 has led to rapidly escalating case numbers across the country.

I’m sorry to ask for further sacrifices, after nine long months of them. But these sacrifices are necessary. And the difference between now and last March is that with the help of vaccines, we now have confidence that they will pave the way to brighter days ahead. So – for everyone’s sake and safety - please stick with it and stay home.

 

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