Coronavirus Lockdown To Continue In Scotland For Further Three Weeks

The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has formally extended Scotland's coronavirus lockdown. By law, the social distancing measures across the UK have to be reviewed every three weeks.


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However, Ms Sturgeon said it was too soon to make meaningful changes without risking a resurgence of the virus.

The UK government is expected to make a similar announcement later today, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson to set out plans to ease lockdown on Sunday.

Ms Sturgeon said she was due to speak to Mr Johnson later on Thursday, and said she "will not be pressured into lifting restrictions prematurely, until I am as certain as I can be that we will not be risking a resurgence in infection rates".

She said her preference was for the four nations of the UK to move together, but said any decisions "must be taken with great care" that she would "continue to err on the side of caution".

Ms Sturgeon said it was thought the infection rate in Scotland "might still be higher than in other parts of the UK", possibly reflecting the fact that the first cases of Covid-19 north of the border came later than in England.

The Scottish government has published a paper of options for starting to lift restrictions - but warned that "extreme caution" will have to be exercised.