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What time is Nicola Sturgeon's covid update? Where to watch and what to expect?

Nicola Sturgeon will give an update on the state of the covid pandemic in the Scottish Parliament this afternoon.

The SNP First Minister is expected to announce the lifting of a number of measures around limits on indoor events as well as physical distancing in pubs and restaurants.

During the 20-minute statement Sturgeon will announce the latest daily figures which have been improving in the last week.

Ahead of the update Scottish Labour's Health and Covid Recovery spokesperson Jackie Baillie called for Sturgeon to address the NHS crisis.

She said: "We have health boards going beyond ‘code black’ and reducing GP as well as hospital services; a staffing crisis with overworked employees at breaking point, and a social care system that is still reeling from the impact of SNP decisions at the start of the pandemic.

"This statement is the SNP’s opportunity to listen to and address the concerns of frontline NHS staff and patients.

"Scottish Labour also want to see a ramping up of support for small businesses. Small businesses are the bedrock of Scotland’s economic recovery and deserve better support from the SNP government.

"Announcements of money are always welcome but it is taking too long to reach those businesses most in need.

"As Scotland starts to learn to live with Covid in the long term, we need both our NHS and our economy to be up to full strength.

"It is time for the SNP to end its ‘sticking plaster’ policy culture and listen to the concerns of both businesses, the NHS and social care. We must give them what they need so that they can help Scotland recover."

Here's all you need to know about the statement:

The update will be streamed on the Daily Record's main Facebook page which can be viewed here.

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