Prime Minister prepares to announce new restrictions

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Nicola Sturgeon prepares to address the Scottish Parliament


Nicola Sturgeon is preparing to outline new coronavirus restrictions in Holyrood.

The Prime Minister, along with her counterparts from Wales and Northern Ireland, is due to attend a Cobra meeting with Boris Johnson.

She will then meet with her cabinet before addressing the Scottish Parliament in the afternoon.

It comes after the UK’s chief medical officers raised the coronavirus alert to Level 4.

This means that the transmission of the virus is “high or increasing exponentially”.

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Downing Street confirmed on Monday evening that Mr Johnson spoke on the phone to the Prime Ministers of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and that they had all agreed to act “with a united approach, as far as possible, in days and weeks. in front of. “

Nicola Sturgeon tweeted that her Holyrood statement was moving forward.

During her daily briefing on Monday, she said additional lockdown restrictions would ‘almost certainly’ be put in place in Scotland within 48 hours.

She said the coronavirus was spreading again in the country and that “further and urgent action” was needed to stop the increase, warning that if left unchecked it would lead to more cases, people in hospital and death.

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Prime Minister wants to try to avoid complete ‘stay at home’ lockdown


She said the Scottish government was ready to introduce ‘a package of additional measures’ but would aim to avoid a large-scale lockdown like the one imposed in March.

On Monday, the number of cases in Scotland rose to 255, or 6.3% of those newly tested, from 5.4% on Sunday.

Ms Sturgeon said the Scottish government approved the warning from UK chief science adviser Sir Patrick Vallance that new cases could increase by 50,000 daily by October.

“In my opinion, additional and urgent measures will now be necessary to stop the increase in the number of cases,” she said.

‘Hospitality warning’

She added: “At the heart of this decision is a simple truth, the longer we wait to introduce new measures, the more likely these measures will be in place.

“If we act sharply now to regain control of the virus, we can minimize the time we all spend under the new restrictions.

“If we wait, it will take longer, if not a lot longer, to come out on the other side. ”

In Northern Ireland domestic domestic mixing is no longer permitted. Similar measures could be considered here nationwide and the Prime Minister has warned that hospitality could also be affected.

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