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Sturgeon to set out life in lowest tier of coronavirus restrictions

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Nicola Sturgeon is due to set out what life in Scotland will look like under the lowest level of coronavirus restrictions.

The First Minister is to make an announcement at Holyrood on Tuesday as part of the latest review of the route map out of lockdown.

She said last week it was “unlikely” that any area would see restrictions eased on June 28 – the date it had been hoped all of Scotland would move into Level 0 restrictions.

Ms Sturgeon previously said this move would likely be delayed by three weeks.

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The Scottish Government will also publish a review on Tuesday of physical distancing requirements, along with a paper which Ms Sturgeon said would set out “what we hope life will look like beyond Level 0 – as we get to the point where we can lift all, or virtually all, of the remaining restrictions”.

This level, the lowest in Scotland’s five-tier system, is only currently in place in the island authorities of Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles, with all mainland areas having either Level 1 or Level 2 restrictions applied.

Ms Sturgeon previously told MSPs: “Given the current situation – and the need to get more people fully vaccinated before we ease up further – it is reasonable to indicate now that I think it unlikely that any part of the country will move down a level from June 28.

“Instead, it is likely that we will opt to maintain restrictions for a further three weeks from June 28 and use that time to vaccinate – with both doses – as many more people as possible.

“Doing that will give us the best chance, later in July, of getting back on track and restoring the much greater normality that we all crave.”

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Ahead of Ms Sturgeon’s speech, figures showed Scotland recorded four new coronavirus deaths and 2,167 new cases in the past 24 hours.

It means the death toll under this daily measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – is now 7,696.

The daily test positivity rate has jumped to 9.1%, up from 7.2% the previous day, according to figures published by the Scottish Government on Tuesday.

Public Health Scotland said there were approximately 15 additional cases in NHS Grampian due to delayed reporting.

There were 171 people in hospital on Monday with recently confirmed Covid-19, and 18 people in intensive care.

So far 3,664,571 people have received the first dose of a Covid vaccination and 2,602,753 have received their second dose.

The 2,167 cases recorded in Scotland in the past 24 hours marks the highest daily figure since January 8, according to statistics.

On that occasion, the Scottish Government figures show there were 2,309 new cases reported that day, with 2,160 a week later on January 15.

The day with the highest number of cases in Scotland came on January 7 when 2,649 people had tested positive for Covid-19.

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