What time is Nicola Sturgeon’s Covid update today and three things to expect

Nicola Sturgeon will today give an update on Scotland’s coronavirus situation as fears grow over restrictions.

The Prime Minister will announce whether tougher measures are needed, as there is speculation that some rules may be tightened up before Christmas.

It will be the SNP leader’s first announcement of coronavirus in two weeks due to COP26 missions in Glasgow.

Deputy Prime Ministers John Swinney and Humza Yousaf have both filled in to provide updates during the climate summit and provide warnings about restrictions, including the extension of the vaccine passport scheme.

It comes as the number of Covid cases has increased by more than 3,000 in the last five days in a row.

This is how you look and three things you can expect …

What time and how to see



Nicola Sturgeon will today give an update on Scotland’s coronavirus situation

The briefing will be broadcast live from around noon. 14.00 on BBC One Scotland or the Scottish Government’s Twitter page.

The Scottish Government’s coronavirus will be available to view on the Daily Records Facebook page.

You can also stay up to date with the briefing on the Daily Records liveblog.

Three things to expect from Nicola Sturgeon’s update

Tougher limitation discussion

Nicola Sturgeon will today announce whether tougher restrictions are needed in Scotland to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Deputy Prime Minister John Swinney revealed last week that the Scottish Government is considering imposing restrictions, including the extension of the vaccine passport scheme.

He 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”.

The first minister and her cabinet will consider whether such further restrictions are necessary when they meet on Tuesday, with Sturgeon to update Holyrood on their afternoon decisions.

2. Vaccine passport scheme

Speculation has risen in recent days that the Scottish Government is considering extending the covid vaccine passport scheme to include more venues.

But business leaders have claimed that nearly two-thirds of companies are opposed to the measures being considered, for fear they could “endanger thousands of businesses and jobs”.

A total of 65% of the companies surveyed for the Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) were against vaccine passports being used more in the hospitality and leisure sector, along with increased homework and greater use of face clothing.

The survey, in which nearly 700 companies participated, also showed that a quarter (24%) of companies face “serious financial consequences” if vaccine passports and homework are extended.

3. Covid cases

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

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

Scotland’s chief physician dr. Gregor Smith recently warned that the country “was now in a period of growth of Covid-19 cases again”.

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