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New Covid alert levels announced for Scotland

Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood in Edinburgh, ahead of a statement from the Prime Minister outlining further coronavirus restrictions for Scotland.

Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon has now confirmed Covid alert levels for Scotland, with much of the country at level two. Ms Sturgeon said the decision on North and South Lanarkshire was borderline and had considered placing them at Level 4.

The Highlands, Orkney, Shetland, the Western Isles and Moray have all been downgraded to level one due to the much lower number of cases of the virus.

The five levels are:

Level 0 – Almost normal: indoor meetings allowed, maximum of eight people from three households, 15 people from five households can meet outdoors

Level 1 – Medium: Six people from two households can meet indoors and outdoors

Level 2 – High: no indoor meeting with other households, six people from two households can meet outdoors in reception facilities

Level 3 – Very High: Alcohol sales are not allowed inside and outside, cafes, pubs and restaurants are allowed to open until 6 p.m. to serve food and non-alcoholic drinks

Level 4 – Lockdown: Closer to a full country lockdown in March, shutting down non-essential stores, hospitality venues and gyms, schools remain open, and some outdoor meetings allowed

The new system will take effect from 6 a.m. on Monday of next week.

Of the Prime Ministers’ decision not to place Lanarkshire at Level 4, she said: “Lanarkshire has a high number of cases and positive testing and a high number of patients in hospital and ICUs.

“However, there is evidence in recent days that the situation is stabilizing. This is undoubtedly due to the respect and sacrifice of the local people. “

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