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Scotland’s lockdown will carry on into February

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Today at the Scottish Parliament First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the coronavirus lockdown in place will continue into February.

This means the strict ‘Stay at Home’ message will remain in place.

At today’s briefing Nicola Sturgeon said that transmission of the virus is declining, however it would be to high risk to ease restrictions.

The decision came to extend lockdown which was due to come to an end later this month came from today’s cabinet meeting where the Scottish government ministers agreed restrictions should be extended. 

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told MSPs that the lockdown restrictions was “beginning to have an impact,” but, Scotland remained in a “very precious position”.

Sturgeon continued to say: “We need to be realistic that any improvement we are seeing is down, at this stage, to the fact that we are staying at home and reducing our interactions.

“Any relaxation of lockdown while case numbers, even though they might be declining, nevertheless remain very high, could quickly send the situation into reverse.”

Scotland has seen 1,165 new positive cases of coronavirus being reported in the last 24 hours.

71 deaths have also been reported from COVID-19.

In Stirling 15 new cases of the virus have been detected. 

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