In today’s statement to the Scottish parliament First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said tougher coronavirus restrictions which go further than level 4 cannot be ruled out.
This comes following the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases across Scotland over recent days and the threat of the new variant due to its speed of transmission.
The last 24 hours across Scotland has seen 2,045 cases being recorded which is the highest number since the pandemic began, with 43 new coronavirus related deaths.
Commenting on the growing cases in her statement at parliament the First Minister said that it is “obviously significant” and “demonstrates the severity of the situation we face right now”.
In Stirling 20 new cases of COVID-19 were discovered, bringing the total to 1,729.
Additionally, in today coronavirus briefing the First Minister has urged Scots to stay at home this Hogmanay and people should not mix with other households, in attempt to stop the spread of the virus.
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