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Sturgeon to make statement to MSPs tomorrow about possible further restrictions
Nicola Sturgeon has said she will update the Holyrood parliament tomorrow on potential further restrictions to prevent people mixing as the number of people who have died after testing positive for coronavirus in Scotland passes 5,000.
Reminding her daily briefing that the faster-spreading variant is now the dominant strain in Scotland, present in around 60% of cases, she said that her cabinet had this morning considered tightening rules around takeaways and non-essential click and collect.
She asked the public to “think very hard” about whether they were leaving their homes for a genuinely essential purpose, and in particular to avoid places like parks and beaches that are busy.
She said that the Scottish cabinet had not discussed the possibility of a three-metre distancing rule, as reported by some news outlets this morning.
She added that it appeared that cases in Scotland were stabilising, and “not shooting up” as seen elsewhere in the UK, although “test positivity [around 12%] is still far too high”.
Sturgeon said it was “highly unlikely” that there would be a full lifting of restrictions by the end of the month, and also reiterated that obtaining a reliable negative Covid test result before travelling to Scotland from overseas would be a requirement for all visitors from Friday.
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