Coronavirus in Scotland: Why is there no covid briefing today and when will Nicola Sturgeon announce new measures?

There will be no coronavirus briefing today as Scotland is set to face another lockdown review from the Scottish Government tomorrow.

First Minister Nicola Strugeon and Health Secretary Jeane Freeman, hold a coronavirus briefing at St Andrews House on March 29, 2020 in Edinburgh, Scotland (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images).
First Minister Nicola Strugeon and Health Secretary Jeane Freeman, hold a coronavirus briefing at St Andrews House on March 29, 2020 in Edinburgh, Scotland (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images).

Why is there no briefing today?

There will be no coronavirus briefing from the Scottish Government today at 12.15pm, as is usually expected on week days.

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Nicola Sturgeon has previously said that there will be less frequent briefings in the run up to the Scottish Parliamentary elections so we can assume that this is a contributory factor.

During the covid briefing on Friday, March 19, health secretary Jeane Freeman announced that there would be no coronavirus briefing on Monday this week.

The Scottish Government had also said that a covid update tomorrow will be the last routine briefing.

After Tuesday, updates will only happen when there are announcements or when there are changes to health advice.

What can we expect instead?

Tomorrow, we can expect a lockdown covid restriction review at Parliament led by the First Minister.

Nicola Sturgeon is expected to give a full review at Parliament on lockdown restrictions in Scotland just after 2pm, March 23.

The First Minister’s statement has been entitled, “COVID-19 Reflections and Next Steps.”

As is customary on a Tuesday, we can expect to hear a layout of plans for the easing of restrictions in Scotland as well more detail given over current easing intentions.

We can also expect to hear a statement to mark the first anniversary since Scotland went into lockdown.

At First Minister’s Questions on Thursday, Ms Sturgeon said that on Tuesday, the Scottish Government will commemorate all those who have lost their lives to the virus in a minute’s silence.

We can expect the latest coronavirus figures in Scotland to be released by the Scottish Government by at least 2pm today.

Current advice?

Ms Freeman urged people – that until April 2 – to stay at home except for essential purposes and to not meet up with households indoors.

She also asked people to remember FACTS – wear face coverings, avoid anywhere busy, clean hands, two-metre distancing and self isolate and book a test if you have symptoms.

"By sticking to these rules at the moment we can make it safer for restrictions to be eased in the future and we can keep the virus under control while vaccination continues”

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