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Nicola Sturgeon to give covid update today as First Minister hints at long term shift away from restrictions

Nicola Sturgeon is set to issue an update on the state of the coronavirus pandemic to the Scottish Parliament later today.

The First Minister will address MSPs this afternoon on the latest covid restrictions and whether any rules will be relaxed in the coming weeks.

Last week self-isolation days were slashed from 10 to seven for people who test positive if they have no fever and record two negative lateral flow tests.

Most close contacts of positive covid cases, including people in the same household, are no longer required to self-isolate and are instead able to take daily LFTs.

However, close contacts over 18 years and four months who are not fully vaccinated are still being asked to self-isolate for ten days and take a PCR test.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would "act according to the science" around cutting the self-isolation period to five days.

Experts are examining whether the period could be cut from seven to five days for cases, something which would help ease staffing crises across the economy and public services.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, who is self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19 last week, said he would back a change to a five-day isolation period if scientists approved it.

He said: "If the scientists and the medical experts say that it is safe to reduce the period of self-isolation then I would be inclined to support it."

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

The First Minister is expected to get to the podium in the Scottish Parliament at around 2.20m on Tuesday, January 11.

Nicola Sturgeon will speak for 20 minutes then take questions from members of parliament for around 55 minutes.

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross and Scottish Labour

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