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NICOLA Sturgeon will provide an update on the nationwide coronavirus restrictions

The First Minister will address a number of issues before the Scottish Parliament, including education, testing and travel rules

The Scottish government has already announced that the current measures will last at least until mid-February, but the First Minister will provide some details on “other steps we are planning”

This includes more than the UK’s current proposals for quarantine hotels and other measures aimed at making current travel rules “more effective”

The Scottish government will also release an update on asymptomatic community testing after piloting projects late last year The councils have put forward plans to use community testing “much more extensively”

Most students in Scotland are currently enrolled in online learning, with only those considered at risk and the children of key workers attending school

At the last check on 19 On January 1st, the Scottish Government announced that the earliest possible time schools could open to students who are not in need of protection or children of key workers would be postponed to at least mid-February

The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) teaching union has urged the Scottish Government to be cautious about reopening the school and urged them not to “play with the safety of the school”

National clinical director Professor Jason Leitch told the BBC his recommendation to ministers is that younger children can return, although he is reluctant to say older students – who will be working towards qualifications – can do the same

“I can break the secret – you definitely won’t see the lockdown lifted, but there is progress and so as a public health advisor you need to consider what the first thing to do is

“The most important thing is children. It is what we have been following over the past few weeks that, if we can, we will bring some children back to school” ”

Sturgeon said the statement will cover some of the measures the Scottish government will take to “help us control the virus while continuing to suppress it and gradually relax lockdown restrictions over time”

The Prime Minister said on Monday that “the current lockdown is working” as infections decline – with 848 new cases in Scotland in the past 24 hours and a daily positivity rate of 95%

She added: “That means the case numbers are still high, too high, much higher than we would like, so we have to keep reducing them – then we have to keep them as low as possible” ”

The briefing was supposed to start at 2pm This has now been reset to 2.30pm It will be broadcast live on the Scottish Parliament TV channel which you can watch online as well as on BBC Scotland

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