Glasgow coronavirus: Sturgeon makes emergency announcement to introduce urgent measures

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Scotland’s First Minister announced during an evening coronavirus press briefing that new measures would be implemented in Glasgow from midnight. The measures include residents no longer being able to host someone from another household in their home. 

Ms Sturgeon said: “I can therefore confirm these evening that we have decided to take the following action.

“From midnight tonight if you live in the city of Glasgow you should not host people from other households in your home and you should not visit somebody else’s home no matter where that is.

“The only exception to that in emergencies or to provide care to a vulnerable person relates to the extended households that were established during lockdown.

“Secondly if any member of your household grouping of a confirmed positive case of COVID then we are now asking the whole household to self-isolate for fourteen days.

“Thirdly visiting care homes in these areas will also be restricted to outdoor visits only and hospital visiting will return to essential visitors only.

“In addition, those who were previously advised to shield will receive advise to be extra vigilant at this time.”

The SNP leader added that the measures would be reviewed in 14 days.

Earlier in her statement at Holyrood Nicola Sturgeon outlined her intention to submit a draft bill setting out the terms and timing of a second Scottish independence referendum.

Nicola Sturgeon told Scottish Parliament in a statement that the UK Government’s decision to not seek an extension to the post-Brexit transition period strengthens the case for Scottish independence.

Scotland’s First Minister said: “COVID has presented us with significant challenges but these challenges are being compounded completely unnecessarily by Brexit.

 “The UK Government’s decision to not seek an extension to the transition period despite the economic problems caused by COVID will cause avoidable harm to many Scottish businesses.

“It is an act of self-sabotage that we simply do not understand but must nevertheless respond to.”

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She added: “Brexit and the way in which Brexit is being implemented immeasurably strengthens the case for Scotland becoming an independent country with the ability to shape our own destiny.  

“If this was a programme for Government in an independent Scotland, we wouldn’t have to contemplate the damage of Brexit at all. 

“That is why before the end of this parliament we will publish a draft bill setting out the proposed terms and timing of an independence referendum as well as the proposed question that people will be asked in that referendum.

“Then at next year’s election we will make the case for Scotland to become an independent country, we will seek a clear endorsement for Scotland’s right to choose its own future.”  

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