Coronavirus UK Updates: What will Nicola Sturgeon say?

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Coronavirus UK Updates: Which areas could get a lower lockdown Tier before Christmas?
Coronavirus UK Updates: Which areas could get a lower lockdown Tier before Christmas?

The First Minister’s updates always begin with the latest coronavirus figures, including the latest number of positive cases, patients in hospital, patients in intensive care, and the number of registered deaths from people who have tested positive.

A decision on the tier levels for each individual region in Scotland is also expected, with Midlothian, Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire three areas known to be under discussion.

Last week, Midlothian looked to be moving down to tier 2, but those hopes were dashed when unstable case numbers meant a last-minute decision was made to keep it in tier three.

There had also previously been calls for Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire to be moved down to tier 1 rather than stay in tier 2, however, an increase in cases across NHS Grampian means it is now more likely that these areas will move up from tier 2 to tier 3.

It comes after NHS Grampian declared that 78 cases of coronavirus had been detected and linked to the Kepak McIntosh Donald food plant in Portlethen.

Each local authority’s position in the five-level system of measures is reviewed every Tuesday.

However, Nicola Sturgeon stressed that the 11 areas currently under tier 4 will remain there until 11 December.

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