Nicola Sturgeon says she will be 'reviewing travel restrictions'
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will give an appearance to the nation after meeting with her cabinet to discuss the potential tightening of lockdown restrictions in Scotland. Ms Sturgeon is expected to hold a meeting this morning in which a number of topics will be up for discussion. Potential changes to tighten the current lockdown situation included a reduction of click and collect services to essential retail only as well as proposed new guidelines for takeaway services.
Speaking on Monday, Ms Sturgeon said: “I am not trying to shy away from saying, because I said it last week, the kind of issues we will be looking at.
“Do we have to tighten up to reduce the number of people that are moving around any further?
“And I talked last week about reducing, perhaps, click and collect to essential retail only to maybe looking at putting further restrictions on takeaway.
“We’ve not reached decisions on these things yet, but these are the kings of things we’ll be considering at our meeting tomorrow and then I’ll set out any decisions that we reach in the normal way.”
The First Minister said any decisions made today won’t be taken “lightly” as she reminded Scots of measures implemented last spring at the height of the first lockdown.
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Ms Sturgeon added: “We will be considering if any further restrictions are required and we won’t take any of these decisions lightly, but I would appeal to everybody to just think back to how we all complied with lockdown last spring.
“That is really what we should be doing this time and as far as possible as well.”
The First Minister’s update will come as Scotland has reached dangerous levels of Covid cases recently.
On Monday, the country recorded 1,782 new confirmed cases of coronavirus and one further death.
The majority of cases were centred in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, which saw 595 new infections.
Lanarkshire recorded 307 new cases, 194 in Lothian and Ayrshire and Arran reported 144 positive results.
On Friday, deputy First Minister John Swinney said he could not rule out making further changes to the current lockdown.
Mr Swinney stressed the rules in place at the moment could be extended if the situation doesn’t come under control.
He said there is “every likelihood” of stricter rules if “human interaction” is not drastically reduced.
The tightened restrictions come as the number of people in hospital with Covid-19 has exceeded that recorded during the peak of the pandemic last Spring.
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National clinical director Jason Leitch said Scottish hospitals do have some capacity to deal with the cirrus, but if cases rise it will result in certain operations being cancelled.
Mr Leitch said: “We’ve got 13,000 beds in the country with plenty spare, but if you allocate all that to Covid it means you cannot do other things.
“So cataract operations and hip replacements, perhaps even some cancer operations which we desperately want to do, and we don’t have to cancel.”
The health professions added: “We’re not at that stage yet, but we have already allocated over 1,500 beds to Covid.
“If that keeps rising, because the prevalence keeps on rising, then other stuff will have to be given up.”
What time is Nicola Sturgeon’s lockdown update today?
The First Minister will be speaking at 12.15pm this afternoon following a meeting with cabinet members this morning.
Following her announcement, Ms Sturgeon will take questions from journalists.
To watch the briefing, viewers can see it live on BBC One Scotland, on the BBC Scotland channel or on the Scottish Government’s YouTube channel.
The SNP’s official Twitter page will also be tweeting the announcement live for people who are unable to tune in.
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