Video: Nicola Sturgeon responds to vaccine rollout criticism



Scotland is facing tighter rules on quarantine and travel in a review of the country’s lockdown restrictions.

Nicola Sturgeon will outline what changes are being made in a statement at the Scottish Parliament around 2pm.

Yesterday, she signalled there will be no easing off until mid February at the earliest while Covid-19 continues to spread in high numbers.

Instead, the First Minister is expected to set out tweaks to the rules and the latest details for parents, teachers and pupils who have been dealing with remote learning since the winter break.

At her last briefing, Sturgeon said “lockdown is working” with the number of infections falling.

But she added: “That said, case numbers are still high, too high, much higher than we would want them to be, so we need to get them down further – then we need to keep them as low as possible.”

Sturgeon has already endorsed plans for quarantine hotels to stem the import of coronavirus. Today she is expected to “go further” than plans in England.

She will set out measures to make travel restrictions “more effective”.

Scots can also expect more details on community testing schemes for people without Covid-19 symptoms.

On schools, the SNP leader is not expected to give a certain date but will say more on how schools “might be able” to move back to class teaching.

On Monday, she confirmed 848 new cases were recorded in Scotland in the previous 24 hours, with a daily test positivity rate of 9.5%.

Scotland recorded six deaths of coronavirus patients in the past 24 hours taking the death toll under this measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – to 6,112.

There were 1,958 people in hospital confirmed to have Covid-19, up 17 in 24 hours. Of those, the number of patients in intensive care remained unchanged at 143.