LiveCoronavirus in Scotland RECAP: First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirms Scots pupils will be back in classroom full-time following Easter holidays

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Live updates on Covid-19 in Scotland, the UK, and around the world.
Live updates on Covid-19 in Scotland, the UK, and around the world.

Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: The latest Covid-19 updates on Tuesday, April 6

Last updated: Tuesday, 06 April, 2021, 13:48

  • Secondary school pupils to return to class full-time
  • 259 new Covid cases reported in Scotland
  • No more Covid deaths recorded in Scotland
  • Boom in biking as number of cyclists spikes

All Scots pupils – except shielders – in full-time return to school after Easter

All pupils across Scotland will be back in the classroom full-time following the Easter holidays, Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed.

Speaking at a Scottish Government coronavirus briefing, the First Minister said the decision has been taken following an assessment of relevant data.

She said: “When the Easter holidays end, virtually all pupils will return to school full-time, so secondary schools will go back to in-person, full-time learning.”

Ms Sturgeon said the exception to this is children who are shielding, who are asked to remain at home until April 26.

Speaking about the return to schools, she said: “This, I know, will be a huge relief to many children and young people and, of course, to many parents and carers and as I said a moment ago, by the end of April we want to see children on the shielding list get back to school in person as well.”

PM pledges to make holiday rules ‘as affordable as possible’

Boris Johnson has pledged to make new testing requirements for returning holidaymakers “as affordable as possible” amid concerns that many people will be priced out of foreign travel.

The Government announced plans for a new system on Monday that would require travellers arriving in the UK from low-risk countries to take pre-departure and post-arrival coronavirus tests.

Aviation leaders such as easyJet boss Johan Lundgren have suggested this would be unnecessary, but called for lateral flow tests to be accepted – rather than more expensive alternatives – if the policy is implemented.

Mr Johnson told reporters: “I do think we want to make things as easy as we possibly can.

“The boss of easyJet is right to focus on this issue. We’re going to see what we can do to make things as flexible and as affordable as possible.”

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Scotland must come out of lockdown faster, demands Tory leader Ross

Douglas Ross has said Scotland should take a faster route out of lockdown, saying all public health data was pointing towards a quicker reopening.

The Scottish Conservative leader wants to see restrictions currently planned to end on May 17, lifted on 26 April instead.

These include indoor openings of pubs and restaurants with a 10.30pm closing time, cinemas subject to capacity restraints and blended learning for universities and colleges.

Mr Ross pointed to the progress of the vaccine programme, with more than 2.5 million Scots receiving their first dose, and falling numbers of people in hospital.

Speaking on Tuesday, he said the Scottish Conservatives still advocated a “cautious approach” which took account of international examples.

He said Scotland’s seven-day test positivity level, currently at 2.5%, was “well below” the WHO’s threshold of 5% for keeping the epidemic under control.

Mr Ross said: “You just have to look at those in hospital at the start of March compared to the start of April.

“On March 1 it was over 800 at the beginning of April it was just over 200.

“So all the public health evidence here in Scotland is encouraging and I believe allows us to cautiously start to reopen Scotland quicker than has previously been outlined.”

Hundreds of staff at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) will launch a four-day strike on Tuesday in a dispute over Covid-related safety.

Coronavirus in Scotland: No new deaths as 259 new cases recorded in the last 24 hours

No new coronavirus deaths in Scotland in the last 24 hours as 259 new cases are recorded

The First Minister reported in the lunchtime coronavirus briefing that in the last 24 hours 259 new cases of coronavirus were recorded in Scotland while no new deaths were reported.

Coronavirus in Scotland: Secondary school pupils to return after Easter break

Coronavirus in Scotland: Secondary school pupils to return after Easter break

The First Minister announced the plans for secondary school pupils at her lunchtime briefing on Tuesday.

The Valneva Covid-19 vaccine, which is set to be manufactured in the UK, produces a “strong immune response”, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said.

Boris Johnson defended the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine as he visited the pharmaceutical giant’s manufacturing plant in Macclesfield.

Nicola Sturgeon LIVE

Schools in Scotland will reopen fully after the Easter break, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Speaking at the coronavirus briefing in Edinburgh, she said: “Having assessed the data with the input of our clinical advisers, when the Easter holidays end virtually all pupils will return to school full time, so secondary schools after Easter will go back to in-person, full-time learning.

“The one exception to this is children that are on the shielding list, we are continuing to recommend that they stay at home until April 26 and that’s in line with the advice already received from the chief medical officer.”

Ms Sturgeon added: “This, I know, will be a huge relief to many children and young people and of course to many parents and carers and as I said a moment ago, by the end of April we want to see children on the shielding list get back to school in person as well.”

Nicola Sturgeon LIVE

Every person in Scotland will be able to get tested for Covid-19 twice a week, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

The First Minister announced the programme, mirroring a similar initiative in England, at the coronavirus briefing in Edinburgh.

She said: “This testing will be in addition to and will supplement the additional testing routes that are in place in priority areas.”

She added: “This more universal approach to asymptomatic testing will allow us to assess the impact that might have on further suppressing transmission.”

The system will use lateral flow tests and more detail will be provided by the Scottish Government later this week, Ms Sturgeon said.

Nicola Sturgeon LIVE

Scenes on the Meadows in Edinburgh over the weekend are of “considerable concern”, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Speaking at the coronavirus briefing in Edinburgh, the First Minister said police officers should not have to disperse crowds, after a video surfaced of a major fight between young people at the park.

The First Minister said: “I know the restrictions remain really tough and I know why people want to meet up in larger groups, I think we all have a desperate desire to see more of our friends and family.

“But the fact remains, the best way for all of us to be able to do that, in the hopefully near future is to keep those case numbers as low as possible as the vaccination programme continues to gather pace.

“The best way to do that for all of us is to try to take the sensible precautions and abide by all of the advice that is in place.”

Nicola Sturgeon LIVE

Coronavirus is down but not out in Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

The First Minister warned Scots that there is still a risk of Covid-19 spikes as are being seen in other countries, despite relatively low numbers north of the border.

She told the coronavirus briefing in Edinburgh: “In total, cases have now fallen by 80% since early January when of course they were at a particularly high level, the number of deaths has fallen even more sharply than that and as you can see from the numbers I reported earlier the number of people in hospital and intensive care is reducing.”

But she added: “Covid is down in Scotland, you can see that from the figures, but as we can still see here and more starkly in more parts of the world, Covid is not out.

“It is a virus that is very much still with us.

“Here in Scotland we are still seeing hundreds of people every day testing positive for it and almost all of the new cases that we are seeing reported now in Scotland are of the new variant that emerged just before Christmas and as we know that variant is more infectious than the variants we were dealing with earlier this year.”

Nicola Sturgeon LIVE

The numbers of Covid-19 patients in hospital in Scotland has fallen to 196, Nicola Sturgeon confirmed.

She told a Scottish Government coronavirus briefing this figure is 19 fewer than when it was last provided before the Easter break.

Of these patients, the number in intensive care remains the same as prior to the Easter break at 21.

The First Minister said 2,577,816  people have received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccination and 463,780 have received their second dose.

First Minister confirms all school children will return to classroom after Easter holidays - accept those on the shielding list.

Nicola Sturgeon LIVE

The first batch of newly approved Moderna vaccines arrived in Scotland on Monday, Nicola Sturgeon said.

Scotland is due to receive more than one million of the 17 million doses ordered by the UK.

The First Minister also said that the doses have already been factored into forward planning for the vaccination programme, and will be delivered over the coming months.

Addressing the coronavirus briefing in Edinburgh, she said: “The fact that we now have three vaccines in use is clearly very welcome and it does give us greater security of supply which is welcome.”

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