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Nicola Sturgeon to announce new Covid strategic framework

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Nicola Sturgeon will present her new strategic framework for dealing with the coronavirus on Tuesday.

The Prime Minister will speak in the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday afternoon as the Scottish Government’s plan for the management and recovery of Covid-19 is published.

When briefing MSPs on the pandemic earlier this month, she said Scotland was going through “the worst” of the Omicron wave and the situation was “much more positive” than at the start of the year.

On Monday, Ms Sturgeon said it would be “unacceptable” for public health decisions by devolved administrations to be affected by funding decisions made by the UK government.

During a visit to the Social Bite cafe in Edinburgh, the Prime Minister was asked if she was considering automatic trigger points for further restrictions.

The Prime Minister said Scotland was ‘at the worst’ of the Omicron wave (Andrew Matthews/PA)

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She said: “In terms of fixed automatic trigger points, we have to be a little careful about that.

“Because we know that if we look at the risks we may face in the future in the form of new variants for example, not all variants have the same impact.”

She continued, “You have to pay attention to the data, to the evidence.

“But inevitably, judgment will have to be made in any given situation about the true severity of the threat that any new risk might pose.”

Ahead of the announcement, Scottish Conservative health spokesman Dr Sandesh Gulhane called on the government to adopt the policies of his party’s paper, Back To Normality.

He said: “We need to see Nicola Sturgeon sketch out a detailed roadmap out of the pandemic, with greater emphasis on building public trust to act responsibly.

“I am delighted that the Prime Minister has belatedly followed expert advice and announced that pupils will no longer have to wear masks in classrooms from the end of the month.

“With the data on the virus being much more encouraging, we need to move away from blanket restrictions and instead trust the public to do the right thing.”