Nicola Sturgeon to give covid update in parliament today as cases remain high across Scotland

By Peter Davidson

Nicola Sturgeon is set to deliver an update on the coronavirus pandemic in the Scottish Parliament later today.

The First Minister will address MSPs as cases of the deadly virus remain high across the entire country.

There are signs beginning to slow, however Scotland is still experiencing a surge in the virus.

During her Programme for Government announcement at Holyrood yesterday Sturgeon said cases were beginning to slow.

She said: "We are currently experiencing a surge in cases - though possibly seeing an early sign that the rate of increase is beginning to slow."

Scotland recorded 16 coronavirus-linked deaths and 5,692 new cases in the past 24 hours.

The data published by the Scottish Government indicates the death toll under the daily measure - of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days - is now 8,181.

The test positivity rate was 13.% down from 14.5% the previous day.

There were 771 people in hospital with recently confirmed Covid-19, up 34 on the previous day, with 77 in intensive care, up six.

A total of 4,128,998 people have received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccination and 3,742,826 have received their second dose.

Here's all you need to know about the announcement:

What time is the statement?

Nicola Sturgeon is expected to get to her feet in the Scottish Parliament just after 2.25pm following portfolio questions in the Chamber.

She will deliver a statement to MSPs then take questions on the covid pandemic in Scotland from MSPs.

Times of the speech may change, but we will keep you updated throughout the day.

Where can I watch the statement?

The statement will be broadcast on the Scottish Parliament TV channel, it can be viewed here.

It can also be viewed on the Scottish Parliament official Facebook page.

The Daily Record will also show the update from Sturgeon on our main Facebook page.

If you're out and about or sitting at your desk then it can be followed on our live covid blog.

The BBC Scotland channel will also have a dedicated programme for the statement. The show starts at 2.15pm.

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