Western Morning News

Most of Scotland back in lockdown


MOST of Scotland will be placed in lockdown from today for the whole of January to tackle the rising spread of the new coronaviru­s strain, Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

The First Minister said a legallyenf­orceable stay-at-home order will apply from today to areas currently under Level Four – mainland Scotland and Skye – with exemptions in place for carers, essential shopping, unlimited outdoor exercise and being part of an extended household.

Schools and nurseries will remain closed to most pupils until February, meaning an additional two weeks of home learning for most pupils.

Ms Sturgeon announced the changes in a statement at the Scottish Parliament, which was recalled from recess to discuss stricter measures, telling MSPs taking no action could see Covid-19 capacity in hospitals overrun within “three or four weeks”.

She said: “We have an opportunit­y in Scotland to avert the situation here deteriorat­ing to that extent, but we must act quickly.” The lockdown decision was taken after a meeting of the Scottish Cabinet yesterday morning.

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