Coronavirus briefing in Scotland: What time will Nicola Sturgeon speak and what can we expect her to say on Tuesday?

The Scottish Government has confirmed that a covid briefing will be held by Nicola Sturgeon on Tuesday.

When will it take place?

The briefing will take place on Tuesday April 20 and will begin at midday.

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Taking place at St Andrew’s House, Nicola Sturgeon will lead the briefing accompanied by Chief Medical Office Dr Gregor Smith and National Clinical Director Jason Leitch.

First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon (Photo: Jane Barlow).

The event will also be live-streamed across the Scottish Government Twitter page.

What will be mentioned?

We can expect a run-down of the latest coronavirus statistics in Scotland including vaccination figures and deaths.

Speaking at the briefing last week, the First Minister said this future briefing would ‘finally confirm’ changes that will take place on April 26.

We are expected to hear the reopening of hospitality, gyms and non-essential shops confirmed for this date.

After those in the industry complained about the ‘lack of detail’ in covid rules, we may also hear the Government addressing concerns from the hospitality sector.

The news comes after Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar said his party’s manifesto had been delayed due to a ‘unscheduled’ covid briefing.

Mr Sarwar said there was “an unscheduled Scottish Government statement now on Covid, despite us seeking clarification from the government on that”

However, the First Minister responded saying: “Tuesday’s Covid briefing isn’t unscheduled (last Tuesday’s was).

"It has been scheduled for weeks - indeed, those watching the briefing I did on 6 April would have heard me signal it.”

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