Scotland 'likely' to maintain coronavirus restrictions for a further three weeks
Scotland is “unlikely” to move to Level 0 from June 28, Nicola Sturgeon has said.Speaking in Holyrood, the First Minister did not rule out the further easing of restrictions but said the Scottish Government needed to “buy ourselves sufficient time” to allow the vaccination programme to continue its work.
Boris Johnson has promised “all the money that is needed” will be given to fund the thousands of officers required to police the global Cop26 climate summit taking place in Glasgow later this year.With leaders coming in from across the world for the crucial climate change talks, Mr Johnson said about 10,000 officers a day will be required at the event and he is “totally committed” to funding the operation.The Prime Minister discussed the policing of the summit with senior officers from Police Scotland – including Chief Constable Iain Livingstone – at the start of his two-day visit to Scotland on Wednesday.
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson insists he's always delighted to work with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, and denies "snubbing her" by declining an offer to meet during his two-day visit to Scotland. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said she does not feel “snubbed” by the Prime Minister’s failure to meet her on his two-day visit to Scotland, but believes it is a “missed opportunity”.She told broadcasters: “I don’t feel snubbed. I think most people will think it’s a bit odd, and a bit strange, that we’ve got a Prime Minister visiting Scotland who talks a lot, rightly, about the need – despite our political differences – for us to work together where we can on getting through Covid and into Covid recovery, but doesn’t take the opportunity when in Scotland to come and talk to me directly about how we might co-operate and work together.“I think people will just find that strange and it’s for Boris Johnson to explain, I suppose, why.“This would be the first opportunity, given Covid, for us to sit down, appropriately socially distanced and have a face-to-face chat. I think it would have been a good opportunity."
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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 Scottish Government plans to move out of Covid-19 restrictions on August 9 if possible, Nicola Sturgeon has announced.She set out a series of vaccination milestones and said if these and other criteria are met the majority of restrictions could be lifted by August 9.
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