Lockdown latest: No changes made in latest announcement

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced no immediate changes to the current ‘Stay at Home’ message in Scotland.

At parliament today, Sturgeon said Scotland’s lockdown will last until at least the start of March, with the possibility of an extension.

However, she did state that the lockdown is working. 

In her statement, the First Minister spoke regarding exiting lockdown: “I will signal when and how we hope to give an indication of the criteria for beginning our exit from lockdown, and the order in which we will be aiming to do so when the time is right.”

Ms Sturgeon also said: “Our situation is still very fragile.”

“Even a slight easing of restrictions could cause cases to start rising rapidly again.”

“So we have to be extremely cautions.” 

The Scottish Government will publish plans of how Scotland can exit lockdown and what conditions will need to be met before restrictions can be eased. 

In the past 24 hours there have been 773 new positive tests, with 49 registered deaths.

Today’s statement also saw the First Minister announce that youngest pupils are to return to schools in Scotland for face-to-face teaching from next week. 

From Monday 22 February, primary one, two, three and pre-schooling pupils will return to school in a phased program.

Other pupils will continue to learn from home, but some secondary pupils who need to complete coursework will be permitted to return.

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