Scotland lockdown: When is Sturgeon set to announce next stage of easing?

The first minister is expected to announce an easing of lockdown restrictions as new cases of the virus continue to fall.

On 7 March, Scotland reported 501 new cases of Covid-19, down from 555 the previous day. Health officials recorded one death, down from 12.

Some 1,774,659 people have received the first dose of the Covid vaccination and 118,732 have received their second dose.

Lockdown regulations began to lift last month as Scotland’s youngest schoolchildren resumed lessons after months of learning at home.

Ms Sturgeon is scheduled to address the Scottish parliament at Holyrood in the afternoon, when an easing of the rules on outdoor meetings is expected.

Older primary children are expected to return to school full time from 15 March – with secondary school pupils also to get some time back in the classroom from this date, before returning full-time after the Easter holiday.

On Friday Ms Sturgeon indicated “good progress” with the vaccination programme and the falling number of infections could mean that “greater normality is firmly on the horizon”.

She said then she was “hopeful” the Scottish government may be able to make some “relatively minor, but I think important, changes in our ability to meet outdoors and also how young people are able to interact with their friends outdoors”.

Deputy first minister John Swinney confirmed on Monday any changes to the current lockdown regime would be set out by Ms Sturgeon.

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