Uk news Nicola Sturgeon to publish Scotland's route map out of lockdown today PremierLeague-News.Com
MetiNews.Com - The plan is being confirmed at Holyrood one day after an ambitious timetable from Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Breaking News ! Nicola Sturgeon will today reveal Scotland’s “gradual” path out of lockdown, one day after Boris Johnson claimed restrictions could be gone by summer. The First Minister’s route map is expected to more cautious than Johnson’s when she confirms what order and how quickly rules will be lifted. In an optimistic statement at Westminster yesterday, the Prime Minister claimed lockdown could effectively be over in England by June 21 at the earliest. But some of the proposals, such as foreign holidays this summer, are totally at odds with public health expert advice echoed by Sturgeon. In Scotland, the First Minister has spent the past few weeks preparing the ground for a slow return based on advances in beating coronavirus, not linking it to dates. Last night, she said: “We know we cannot continue in lockdown indefinitely and we must plan a gradual phased return to as much normality as possible. Read More Related Articles Get the latest Scottish politics headlines with our daily newsletter Read More Related Articles Nicola Sturgeon accused of walking out of covid talks to appear on TV briefing “The restrictions we have put in place are difficult for individuals, families and businesses across Scotland, but they are working – case numbers have decreased, the numbers of people in hospital and needing intensive care are coming down and we are now seeing fewer vulnerable people dying from this horrible illness. “This means we can begin to consider how, carefully and gradually, we can return to some normality in Scotland.” It’s expected Scotland will see a return to a regional tiers system of lockdown alerts as restrictions ease. The first significant change started yesterday when pupils from primary 1-3 were able to return to classrooms. But Sturgeon defended the slow pace saying sending everyone back at once would force Covid-19 “through the roof”. Read More Related Articles Scottish independence marches cancelled due to lockdown restrictions Read More Related Articles Boris Johnson "working well" with Scots says Downing Street amid anti-independence chaos She said: “We hope that more children will be able to return to school later in March and we have published new guidance to enable an easing of restrictions on care home visiting from early March. “Beyond that, giving people the ability to meet loved ones, initially outdoors, is a priority for easing restrictions within the current level 4. “As we get to a situation where we can move back to a levels approach, with all or part of the country moving down a level, we can start to carefully open the economy again too. “The strategic framework sets out as far as possible at this stage how we will approach the gradual easing of restrictions. We will be able to give more detail and clarity in the weeks ahead as we make further progress both on suppressing the virus and vaccinating the population, and as we understand more about the impact of vaccination. “However, to keep moving in the right direction and avoid setbacks caution will be necessary, which is why the framework will be clear about the need to move in a gradual way.” Sturgeon will put details on the plan in a statement at the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday afternoon.
. Johnson’s timetable, which applies only to England, suggests: From April 12 at the earliest shops, hairdressers, nail salons, libraries, outdoor attractions and outdoor hospitality venues such as beer gardens will be allowed to reopen. From May 17 at the earliest, two households or groups of up to six people will be allowed to mix indoors and in pubs and limited crowds will be allowed at sporting events. From June 21 at the earliest, all remaining restrictions on social contact could be lifted, larger events can go ahead and nightclubs could finally reopen. International travel rules will also be reviewed, with May 17 targeted as the earliest possible date for a foreign holiday. Professor Devi Sridhar, who advises Sturgeon on public health, reacted to the flights timetable with dismay. "Foreign travel in May? People are going to rush to book holidays only to have to cancel them & lose money," she warned.
A further piece of work to conclude by June 21 will examine social distancing requirements – including hugs with friends and relatives – the use of face masks and requirements to work from home. England’s measures are expected to be put to a Commons vote before the House rises for Easter in late March. Johnson told MPs: “At every stage our decisions will be led by data not dates and subjected to four tests. First that the vaccine deployment programme continues successfully, second that evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths.
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“Third that infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS and fourth that our assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new variants of Covid that cause concern.” The latest official figures in Scotland yesterday confirmed another 715 positive cases. There were 1,141 patients in hospital north of the border, and 99 in intensive care. Meanwhile, Scotland’s vaccination programme extended to another 13,546 people in a day taking the total to 1,445,488. A covid vaccine study by two universities also concluded the jags are linked to a major reduction in hospital admissions. Sturgeon welcomed that positive study and said it could help the country back on the road to normality.
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