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NICOLA Sturgeon will hold a press conference tonight after her cabinet meeting on Christmas plans

This afternoon, the UK chief physician Chris Whitty made a statement that a new variant of Covid that is common in the south and east of England “can spread faster”

Sturgeon and the Prime Minister are holding a separate press conference today after the news

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The FM media briefing will take place at 5:30 a.m. after her cabinet meeting.She plans to announce if there will be any changes over the Christmas period

FM @NicolaSturgeon will have a special cabinet meeting on #coronavirus at 3pm
Ministers will consider Christmas arrangements and confirm changes in a press conference later this time

Speaking on Twitter this afternoon, Nicola Sturgeon said she had participated in a call from four nations and will soon chair a cabinet meeting of the Scottish government on the new variant

Although Scotland’s coronavirus infection rate is lower than other parts of the UK, it issued a strong warning

“Cases that are currently at lower levels in Scotland than the UK – but preventive measures may be needed to prevent the strain from spreading faster,” she warned

The news raises questions about the Christmas season, when the four nations are easing restrictions for a period of five days between Jan. and 27 December agreed

However, proposals have already been made to re-lock Scotland after Christmas – as announced in Northern Ireland and Wales

Deputy First Minister John Swinney told the BBC yesterday: “Unfortunately we are in a rising tide of coronavirus cases in Scotland today

“The less we do for social interaction in the coming period, the better it will be to contain the rise in coronavirus cases in our community”

When asked if the Scottish government was considering measures similar to Wales, he said it could not be ruled out

“We have to see what the future looks like We need to make decisions that are sustainable for a period through January and February to protect the public interest and the national health service, “he said

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