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The First Minister has announced that Scotland will face even tighter restrictions as cases of the virus remains high.

From Saturday, it will be illegal to drink alcohol outside, and rules around click and collect are stricter, with only essential items allowed to remain open.

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The vaccination programme could start running 24/7 from February onwards as mass vaccination sites prepare to open.

As of the end of Tuesday, 191,965 Scots had been given a first dose of the vaccine.

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FM recaps yesterdays announcements on the new restrictions.

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FM: What we’re asking everybody to do is to limit our interactions as much as we can.

FM: There will be nobody in the country not finding these restrictions very difficult right now. 

FM: Helpline open Monday to Friday that will take you through to your local council who will pass you on to whichever service you require whether it’s mental health, need for food or information - 0800 111 4000.

Self isolation assistance service will call if you agree for your details to be passed onto the local authority when informing test and trace of your positive test.

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