Coronavirus restrictions are to ease in Scotland on Monday as Nicola Sturgeon confirmed the country will move to Level 0 of lockdown measures, with some changes to original plans.The First Minister briefed MSPs in a virtual setting of the Scottish Parliament, which was recalled from its summer recess for the update.She said the success of the vaccination programme meant restrictions could be eased as planned next week, but with some modifications.Under the Level 0 rules, social distancing will be reduced to one metre inside public places.
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The UK Government’s approach to dropping coronavirus regulations “is something of an exception”, Nicola Sturgeon said as she stressed she and her ministers will have to “think carefully about what steps we do take at this juncture”.The Prime Minister has promised to tear up most of England’s coronavirus regulations at Step 4 of the road map on July 19, but Scotland’s First Minister said many protections will be retained north of the border.Ms Sturgeon told a Scottish Government coronavirus briefing on Thursday that current high case numbers are concerning, but there is a “suggestion that the recent surge in cases may be to some extent levelling off”.
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The Queen has met Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, during an audience at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.The meeting at the Queen’s official residence in Scotland took place during her traditional trip north of the border for Holyrood Week.
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Nicola Sturgeon declines to say if schoolchildren will sit exams next year during First Minister's Questions at Holyrood.Exams were cancelled this year and last due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the First Minister said ministers will monitor the situation with the virus over the summer before announcing in August if they will take place in 2022.
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Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said her focus is on trying to steer the country through the pandemic, when asked about Michael Gove’s comments on Scottish independence.The UK Cabinet Office minister said he “couldn’t see” Boris Johnson agreeing to an independence referendum before the next general election, adding it is “foolish” to discuss it while the country is still recovering from the coronavirus pandemic.
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The prime minister told the Liaison Committee that he thinks devolution was a “great thing” but criticised the SNP’s “disastrous” performance in delivering education and fighting crime. Report by Burnsla. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Leader of the Scottish National Party in the House of Commons Ian Blackford asks Prime Minister Boris Johnson whether WhatsApp messages published by his former senior aide Dominic Cummings on Twitter in which he appears to disparage Health Secretary Matt Hancock are “valid” and “genuine”. He does not respond. Report by Taylorjo. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Tommy Robinson has been ordered to pay £100,000 to a Syrian schoolboy who was filmed being attacked at school, after the English Defence League founder lost a libel case.Robinson – whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon – was sued by Jamal Hijazi, 18, who was assaulted in the playground at Almondbury Community School in Huddersfield in October 2018.Shortly after the video of the incident went viral, Robinson claimed in two Facebook videos that Mr Hijazi was “not innocent and he violently attacks young English girls in his school”.
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Lawyer Ben Posford says the families of Croydon tram crash victims will demand a new inquest after being left "hugely disappointed and frustrated", following an inquest into their deaths.
A jury ruled that the seven victims died, and a further 51 injured, as a result of an accident and were not unlawfully killed. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Andy Murray says the 2020 Tokyo Olympics means "a little bit more" as he is competing as part of Team GB.
He adds he hoped the athletes' hard work over the past five years will pay off at the Games. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca will be added to the amber travel list due to a surge in coronavirus cases, a little over a fortnight after they went green.The change for those returning to England, Scotland and Wales from Spain’s Balearic Islands will take place at 4am of Monday, potentially sparking a rush for holidaymakers to return to avoid the need to quarantine.Younger adults will mainly be impacted because the alteration coincides with the end of the need to quarantine for fully-vaccinated UK residents and under 18s when returning from amber list nations.
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