Nicola Sturgeon Covid Update – When’s It And How Can I Watch It?

NICOLA Sturgeon is ready to make a major Covid-19 announcement in parliament as the number of infections reaches record highs.

The festive period has seen daily cases rise to more than 8000, with the most recorded since the start of the pandemic on the second day of Christmas – 11.030.

The first minister will update MSPs in Holyrood on Wednesday afternoon (December 29) just two days before Hogmanay.

This is all you need to know.

What restrictions are already in place?

The Scottish Government introduced new measures on 26 December, which included a meter of physical distance at major events, with limits of 100 people standing indoors, 200 people sitting indoors and 500 people outdoors.

New rules on social gatherings came on Monday, with meetings limited to three households at indoor and outdoor venues such as bars, restaurants, theaters, cinemas and gyms.

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Table service was also required in places where alcohol is served.

Are there more restrictions on the way?

It is still unclear whether Sturgeon will impose further restrictions or not as she speaks in parliament.

Scotland’s current rules mean Hogmanay events will be canceled, while football matches – including the Old Firm match between Rangers and Celtic on January 2 – will continue without fans.

Wales and Northern Ireland were also quick to introduce new measures immediately after Christmas Day, curtailing many people’s New Year’s plans.

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Their new restrictions include required table service, where alcohol is served, and limited number of tables inside venues such as pubs for a maximum of six people.

Nightclubs are also closed in Wales and will be closed in Northern Ireland on New Year’s Eve.

The British Foreign Secretary for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, confirmed that England has not followed the other nations in imposing restrictions before the end of the year.

What time is Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement?

The Prime Minister is expected to provide an update on restrictions and Covid statistics in Scotland between 14.00 and 14.30 in the parliament on Wednesday.

How can I see it?

The announcement will be livestreamed on The National’s Twitter and Facebook accounts – as well as Scottish Parliament TV.

You can also follow a live blog on our website.

What has FM said so far?

In a statement on Tuesday, Sturgeon reiterated his call for people to “be boosted by the bells”.

She said: “The markedly increased portability of Omicron is reflected in the sharp rise in cases that are now showing up and we expect to see case numbers increase further in the coming days.”

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The SNP leader urged people to adhere to the latest guidelines over the New Year period, adding: “We must not underestimate the impact of Omicron.”

What are the latest figures?

Covid statistics, usually released by the Scottish Government every day, have been put on hold over Christmas, but Sturgeon is due to give a full update on the figures when she addresses MSPs on Wednesday.

The preliminary updates of daily case numbers during the Christmas period are as follows: December 25: 8252 cases December 26: 11,030 cases December 27: 10,562 cases December 28: 9360 cases While the data covers tests reported in the previous 24-hour period, a delay in reporting means that the majority of these cases will relate to tests performed before the Christmas holidays.

Earlier in the week, members of the public reported that they waited up to four days for a PCR test result in Scotland, which should normally take 24 hours.

National Clinical Director for Scotland Professor Jason Leitch said after speaking with tests and protecting staff on Monday that the backlog had been cleared up and the waiting time for test results should be resumed to normal – between 24 and 36 hours.

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