Nicola Sturgeon to provide COVID-19 update today

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The first minister is due to address Holyrood this afternoon offering an update on COVID-19 across Scotland.

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Nicola Sturgeon addressed Scotland’s parliament today as cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in order to shorten isolation periods along with England and the other devolved administrations.

Monday saw the nation record a  and record breaking 20,217 positive COVID-19 tests followed by just over 17,000 on Tuesday.

Her update on Scotland’s COVID-19 situation coincides with the day that England has decided people who test positive on a lateral flow test will no longer be required to take a PCR test to confirm they have COVID-19.

The first minister used the announcement to slash isolation times and bring them inline with the 4 UK nations. This now means that those who test negative on day 6, and again on day 7 with a lateral flow test, will be able to leave isolation after 7 days.

This would help with some of the widespread isolation based staff shortages such as Scot-Rail who have introduced a skeleton service during January.

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross is one of the many calling for reduced isolation periods to help get people back to work. He also said that Scotland has the strictest isolation rules of anywhere in the UK.

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Written by: George Icke - Reporter

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