Scotland’s First Minister said this lunchtime the lockdown restrictions in the UK will be reviewed over the coming week. Ms Sturgeon admitted the possibility of the restrictions being lifted was not likely.
Ms Sturgeon said: “There is of course due to be a review of these restrictions this week.
“I want to today be very clear so that nobody is under any illusion.
“That review is not likely to result in these restrictions being lifted in the very near future.
“There are early optimistic signs that the steps we are taking are working but until we know more and have solid evidence we must stick with it.”
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Sturgeon stated that the lockdown restrictions in the UK will be reviewed during the coming week
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“We all want these restrictions to be lifted as soon as possible.
“As I have said before and will say again today, they will not be in place for a single minute longer than is necessary.
“We also know that if we lift these restrictions too early or if we do so without thinking through properly how we can ease the restrictions while also keeping the virus under control then we risk the virus spreading out of control.
“We risk it overwhelming our NHS and we risk it taking many more lives.”
At the time of writing, Britain has the 6th highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world.
The UK has more than 84,000 cases in total.
The death toll in Britain is currently higher than 10,600.
A total of 344 people have recovered from the virus in the UK.
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Worldwide there have been more than 1,800,000 COVID-19 cases.
The death toll has reached more than 115,000 at the time of writing.
More than 430,000 people have recovered from the coronavirus across the globe.
The United States has the highest amount of COVID-19 cases in the world with more than 560,000 confirmed cases.