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

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Nicola Sturgeon will give give an update to MSPs later today on the current coronavirus situation across the country. The First Minister is expected to announce the latest covid figures in Scotland with cases of the virus rocketing over the Christmas and New Year period.

There are still fears that more Omicron cases could be identified in the coming days as children go back to school and some adults return to the workplace after the festive period.

During her last update to the parliament on December 29 Sturgeon asked people to stick to the guidance in a bid to halt the spread of the virus.She is expected to repeat those calls in order to prevent huge pressures on the NHS over the winter months.Here's all you need to know: The update will

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