Nicola Sturgeon provides covid update today – here’s when and how you can watch

Nicola Sturgeon is due to make a statement in the Scottish Parliament today after the number of Covid case figures has risen by more than 3,000 in the last five days in a row.

The prime minister will update MSPs on the government’s latest stance amid speculation that some rules could be tightened in Scotland ahead of Christmas.

It comes after the Scottish Government confirmed that 3,077 more people were tested positive in 24 hours yesterday, with a further death in the same 24 hour period.

There were 765 people in hospitals across Scotland, 56 of them in intensive care.

The death rate from coronavirus in humans, which was first tested positive in the previous 28 days, is currently 9,389 in Scotland.

The parliamentary session begins around 14.00, and Sturgeon speaks shortly after.

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What is she likely to discuss?

Nicola Sturgeon is to reveal whether further restrictions – including an extension of Scotland’s vaccine passport scheme – need to be introduced to help combat the growing number of infections.

Deputy Prime Minister John Swinney revealed last week that the Scottish Government is considering extending the vaccine certification scheme – which is already in place at nightclubs and other major events – to more parts of the hospitality and leisure sector.

Swinney stressed that no decision has yet been made, but said Covid-19 was at a “regarding high level” and Scotland are in a “precarious and unpredictable” position.

He added that ministers were also considering steps to increase homework and “whether changes are needed to expand the use of face clothing”.

Where can I see it?

The briefing will be broadcast live from around noon The Scottish Government’s Twitter page or on BBC Scotland.


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