What time is Nicola Sturgeon Covid update today? How can you watch and what can we expect?
The briefing comes six months after the first vaccines were administered in Scotland.
On Tuesday, travel restrictions tightened across the UK with Portugal added to the ‘amber list.'
At her last briefing, the FM previously warned that the country is at a “critical juncture” as Covid cases have more than tripled in the past month.
How can you watch?
To keep up to date with the latest coronavirus news in Scotland and across the world, The Scotsman will be running its liveblog throughout the day which will outline the key points of the briefing as it happens.
The Scotsman will also be live-streaming the briefing so readers can listen to every word the First Minister has to say.
Briefing coverage will also be available via the Scottish Parliament TV when the briefing begins.
What can you expect from the briefing?
Following uproar from the Scottish hospitality community, a final decision is expected this week on whether the Euro 2020 fan zone at Glasgow Green can go ahead as planned.
It is possible the First Minister will address this during her briefing on Tuesday as a topical question ahead of the briefing at parliament addresses this.
The First Minister may also address the rise in covid cases this month after 992 positive infections were recorded on Friday – the highest figure since February 17.
The 860 cases reported on Saturday was the second-highest since the February date.
The rising case numbers are said to be driven by the delta variant of the virus.
On Monday, 641 cases were reported.
Previously this month the First Minister said: “We are at a very critical juncture right now in what we still very much hope, and believe, is a transition to a less restrictive way of dealing with Covid, but the position we are in now on that transition is a fragile one.”
Although there are “strong indications” that vaccines are weakening the link between rising case numbers and hospitalisations, Ms Sturgeon warned that the link has not yet been completely broken.
As of Monday, 3,386,321 Scots had received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. A total of 2,251,259 people had received their second dose.
The First Minister may also address travel restrictions as tighter measures on international travel were introduced early on Monday across the UK.
Portugal is now on the “amber list” of countries, meaning that those visiting the holiday hotspot will have to quarantine for 10 days when they return.
What time is the briefing?
The First Minister is scheduled to make a statement at Holyrood just after 2pm on Tuesday June 8 when the parliament meets.
Before the briefing, there will be a Time for Reflection from Reverend Anna Rodwell, minister of Kelso North and Ednam Parish Church which will then be followed by topical questions.
During topical questions, the First Minister will be asked what the Scottish Government response is to the recent report by the Scottish Children and Young People’s Commissioner, which suggests that some at-risk children might have been detained unlawfully in secure accommodation.
This will then be followed by the First Minister’s statement which includes a Covid-19 update.
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Sunderland AFC transfer and contract news RECAP: Updates from the SOL
- Sunderland beat Accrington Stanley at the weekend.
- The Black Cats head to Fleetwood Town this Saturday.
Hello and welcome to our live Sunderland blog, we’ll have updates throughout the day.
Sunderland ‘close in’ on new coach
Sunderland are reportedly close to appointing a new first-team coach.
Phil Jevons, an academy coach at Everton, is set to join Lee Johnson’s backroom staff, according to The Sun’s Alan Nixon.
The former striker was a somewhat journeyman during his playing career having progressed through the Toffees youth set up.
Jevons featured for nine clubs in total and was teammates with Johnson at Yeovil Town and Bristol City.
The 42-year-old started working at Everton’s academy during the latter stages of his playing days – spending nine years there.
Nixon tweeted: “Sunderland. Going to bring in coach Phil Jevons from Everton to work with first team. Been at under 18 level at Goodison … now stepping up.”
The return of a familiar face
Former Sunderland owner and lifelong fan Bob Murray was spotted back at the Stadium of Light for the win over Accrington Stanley.
Murray funded the Black Cats’ move for the Roker Park to the SOL in 1997 before selling his majority shareholding to the Drumavile consortium, nine years later.
For so long, Murray was not welcome at the stadium he had built after a serious rift developed between him and Ellis Short.
He also wasn’t a fan of Stewart Donald and Charlie Methven – but there appears to be no such problem with new owner Kyril Louis-Dreyfus.
Murray was in the directors’ box following an invitation from KLD as Sunderland beat Accrington to 2-1.
Defender to miss Fleetwood Town
Tom Flanagan will next weekend’s trip to Fleetwood after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season.
The 29-year-old was booked during the Black Cats’ League One fixture against Accrington Stanley after a collision with visiting goalkeeper James Trafford in the second half.
Flanagan has started every league game for Sunderland this season but will now be suspended for the Fleetwood fixture.
Either Bailey Wright or West Ham loanee Frederik Alves will be expected to come into the side alongside Callum Doyle.
Ticket details for Wigan clash released
Sunderland have confirmed ticket details for the Carabao Cup third-round visit to Wigan Athletic on Tuesday 21 September (KO 7:45pm).
Here’s what the website says:
The first phase of tickets will go on sale to Season Card holders with 20+ Black Cat points at 4pm on Monday 13 September, with the phase ending at 9am on Wednesday 15 September.
Subject to availability, the second stage of sales will see tickets become available to all Season Card holders at 11am on Wednesday 15 September, with the phase ending at 12 noon on Thursday 16 September.
Any remaining available tickets will then be launched on General Sale at 2pm on Thursday 17 September, ending at 3pm on Friday 18 September, when any unsold tickets will be returned to Wigan Athletic.
Prices for all away tickets for the cup tie are as follows:
Adult - £15
Over-65 - £8
Under-22 - £8
Supporters requiring a personal assistant or wheelchair space can call the SAFC ticket office on 0371 911 1973 to make their booking.
Any further ticket announcements will be made on safc.com in due course.