LiveNicola Sturgeon coronavirus update RECAP: First Minister to give latest update to Holyrood

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A week on from announcing her cautious routemap out of lockdown, Nicola Sturgeon prepares to address Parliament this afternoon for the weekly coronavirus restriction review.

Today’s announcement follows the news yesterday that three cases of the Brazilian variant were confirmed in Scotland.

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It is expected that the First Minister will also give more details on the phased return of schools.

Nicola Sturgeon to address Parliament in weekly coronavirus restriction review following discovery of Brazilian variant in Scotland.

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Nicola Sturgeon coronavirus update RECAP: First Minister to give latest update to Holyrood

Last updated: Tuesday, 02 March, 2021, 15:16

FM confirms just under 14,500 care home residents in Scotland have received second dose of vaccine which represents about 48 per cent of elderly residents

Guidance on entering people’s homes will be amended by the Scottish Government to make clear supporting new parents is allowed

FM said: ““We are amending guidance on this today, to make it clear that those essential purposes include support for the welfare and wellbeing of a parent of a child who is under the age of one.

“I hope that gives clarity – and enables vital support – for parents of very young children.”

The Scottish Government will consider in the next week if the easing of restrictions can be accelerated, FM said

She said she and ministers would be considering if the exit from lockdown can be moved forward.

She said: “I have always said if we can go further and faster, then we will not hesitate to do so.

“All of us want to move on as quickly as possible – and, as a priority, to see friends and family again. I hope that day is now not too far away.

“But to make sure we don’t see any reverse in our progress that would put that in jeopardy, it is really important that, for now, we all need to abide by the lockdown rules.

“So please continue to stick to their letter and their spirit.”

‘We are working to do everyone over the age of 50 by mid-April,’ FM confirms

Anas Sarwar asks about daily vaccination target

FM said Scotland is on target when there are enough supplies.

‘We are in a position to go as fast as we have supplies,’ FM said.

Anas Sarwar asks the FM if the Scottish Government will set out a national recovery plan for Scotland’s pupils and the education system

He said figures recently revealed show more than 1,500 children are on waiting lists or already waited more than a year to be seen for their mental health. And in the last quarter, one in four children had their referral rejected.

He asks what more can the government do to help these children?

FM says work to support the recovery of education is underway - provision of tutoring support and extra funding for teachers and local authorities to use flexibly on what is most appropriate, for example.

On mental health, FM said the government has already published a mental health recovery plan for child and adolescents.

MSP Ruth Davidson kicks off questions raising concerns over ability to welcome pupils back with social distancing in place

The Conservative MSP shared concerns about schools’ ability to welcome all pupils back while sticking to social distancing, asking what measures are in place to make this work.

FM said the exit from lockdown might be quicker and come sooner than we may have believed a few weeks ago but stressed the importance of not moving too quickly and ‘jeopardising’ the current success in suppressing the virus.

FM reminds the public to follow FACTS to make it easier for children to return to school and for everyone to return to normality, sooner

‘As we come out of this lockdown, we are prioritising the welfare and education of our children,’ says FM

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