Four key points Nicola Sturgeon was able to address during her Covid update later today

Nicola Sturgeon will provide an update on Scotland coronavirus the situation in Holyrood later today.

The Prime Minister is expected to announce a further lifting of restrictions following yesterday’s restart of major outdoor gatherings.

Sturgeon will also update the Scots on the latest Covid statistics during a 20-minute speech.

Here are four topics we expect SNP manager to cover in his address.

Limitations



Restrictions on hospitality could be lifted

Last week, Nicola Sturgeon indicated that more restrictions imposed after the party period could be lifted from next week.

The Prime Minister said it is hoped that limits on indoor live events, table service in hospitality and distancing in indoor public places could be lifted on Monday 24 January.

When interviewed by the PA yesterday, Sturgeon said she is “cautiously optimistic” that Scotland will “turn a corner” in the midst of the Omicron wave.

However, the SNP leader refused to reveal the details of her speech. A cabinet meeting is to be held this morning before the update to Holyrood.

Sturgeon will also not comment on whether she plans to follow Wales with a mass relaxation of the Covid rules.

Any changes to Scotland’s Covid restrictions are likely to be announced today.

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Vaccine passport scheme



Sturgeon said an extension of the vaccine passport scheme in Scotland was being considered

Nicola Sturgeon also indicated that the Covid vaccine passport scheme could be extended to include more venues during her speech to parliament last week.

The Prime Minister said a decision on this would require “careful assessment”.

Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross has called on Sturgeon to scrap the scheme altogether.

Cases and admissions



Covid hospital admissions appear to have stabilized in Scotland in recent days

The Prime Minister told the Scots last week that the number of new daily infections is falling in most age groups in Scotland.

And that trajectory looks set to continue, with average case numbers falling below 10,000 for the first time this year.

Hospital admissions in Scotland from Covid also now appear to be stabilizing, while there has been some movement in the number of people in the intensive care unit.

Test positivity, however, could be a concern for the Scottish Government.

Yesterday, data from Public Health Scotland revealed that the test positivity on PCR testing was 21.3 percent – which is still well above the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended five percent.

Sturgeon said Scotland are in a ‘better position than originally feared’ ahead of the Christmas period. Models had previously estimated that Scotland could see the daily number of cases rise to 50,000 a day in early January.

The latest Covid figures for Scotland will be published by Nicola Sturgeon today.

Strategic framework

Nicola Sturgeon said last week more about how Scotland can “live with the virus” without the need for restrictive measures in the future.

The Prime Minister announced that a ‘strategic framework’ – or a roadmap – would be released ‘within the next few weeks’.

Companies, ministers and organizational leaders will be consulted on the plans prior to publication.

We may learn more about the progress of these plans during Sturgeon’s speech.

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