Mainland Scotland has moved into the hardest stage of coronavirus restrictions.
Hundreds of thousands of different folks are genuinely living below stage four curbs – the ideal of the country’s 5-tier diagram of anti-virus measures.
The switch plan non-a must-non-public retail and hospitality were closed and extra high-tail restrictions imposed to curb a brand recent strain of the virus.
The restrictions are on account of be reviewed in three weeks.
These living in Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles, along with assorted island communities off the Scottish mainland, are self-discipline to stage three measures.
Most up-to-date Scottish govt figures confirmed on Saturday that 1,149 recent cases of Covid-19 were reported all the plan in which by the country.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has warned that stage four restrictions will be extra tightened if efforts to chop attend the spread of the recent transmissible strain of coronavirus were unsuccessful.
At an emergency briefing closing week, Ms Sturgeon said “company preventative action” became wished after the emergence of the faster-spreading strain, which is at explain guilty for a pair of in three cases of Covid-19.
It comes as concerns were raised about a virus of the recent strain in south-west Scotland. Effectively being officials roar 64 cases of coronavirus non-public now been identified in Wigtownshire, with any other confirmed in decrease Annandale.
Degree four restriction took stay from 26 December and adopted a 24-hour length of relaxed suggestions for Christmas Day.
For in the end only on 25 December, bubbles were formed with assorted households and high-tail restrictions were eased.
Nonetheless all nevertheless a must-non-public high-tail is now banned outside your native authority set of residing for the leisure of the festive length.
Colleges return later
Figures for deaths, health facility admissions and intensive care cases linked to coronavirus will subsequent be updated on 29 December.
Colleges will return later than at the initiating planned after the Christmas holidays.
Ms Sturgeon said they would per chance perchance still resume from 11 January, with studying taking affirm online until on the least 18 January.
The recent variant became first viewed in mid-September in London and Kent – nevertheless by December it had change into the “dominant variant” in London.
Government advisers imagine the recent variant might perchance lengthen the R number – or reproductive rate of the virus – by 0.4 or extra.
Nicola Sturgeon said there became no proof to counsel the recent strain made other folks sicker than earlier variants, or that it might perchance well switch the effectiveness of the vaccine.
‘Sacrifices assign lives’
When the Boxing Day restrictions were announced, Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross said families would be “devastated”, nevertheless that he understood why the limitations were valuable.
“None of us want this, nevertheless these sacrifices will assign lives,” he said.
Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard said the Scottish govt wished to publish “persuasive proof” to avert a “heightened threat of non-compliance”.
The Scottish Liberal Democrats and the Scottish Greens both backed the moves.