COVID-19: Phased return of schools in Scotland to begin on Monday, Nicola Sturgeon announces

COVID-19: Phased return of schools in Scotland to begin on Monday, Nicola Sturgeon announces
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The phased return of pupils to classrooms in Scotland will begin on Monday, the first minister has confirmed.

Nicola Sturgeon revealed the news in a statement to the Scottish parliament, as she said the country’s lockdown would continue until “at least” the beginning of March and “possibly for a further period beyond that”.

She told MSPs the shutdown was working – with fewer COVID-19 patients in hospital and intensive care – but cautioned that “even a slight” easing of restrictions could see cases “start rising rapidly again”.

And Ms Sturgeon said that a return to “100% normality” would not be possible in the near future.

She told the Scottish parliament that some measures may have to remain in force, with “trade offs” required to…



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