Nicola Sturgeon coronavirus briefing: What time is the First Minister’s update? How can I watch?

Nicola Sturgeon is set to give an update on the latest coronavirus figures today (Tuesday, January 5).

The First Minister is scheduled to speak at around 12:15pm from St Andrew’s House, the headquarters of the Scottish Government.

Daily updates were affected by the festive period, with officials only publishing data on the number of new cases of Covid-19 and the test positivity rate.

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The number of recent deaths was not updated as a result of this.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

The latest daily data for deaths and hospital admissions will be released today, alongside data for the previous four days.

On Monday afternoon, Ms Sturgeon said Scotland recorded 1,905 new coronavirus cases in the previous 24 hours, down from the 2,464 reported on Sunday.

Addressing the Scottish Parliament, she said the daily test positivity rate is 15% – a marginal drop from 15.2% on Sunday.

Updating MSPs in Holyrood on Monday, the First Minister then announced a lockdown would be in effect in mainland Scotland until at least the end of January in a bid to combat further spread of the new coronavirus strain.

The latest restrictions came into effect from midnight on Monday in all Level 4 areas of the Scottish Government’s five-tier system and will continue throughout the month.

Where can I watch Nicola Sturgeon’s speech?

Ms Sturgeon’s briefing will be broadcast live on BBC Scotland, as well as Twitter via the Scottish Government’s own account from around 12.15pm.

You can also follow along on our dedicated LIVE BLOG, which will have to up-to-the-minute information and reaction.

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