What time is Nicola Sturgeon's covid update? Where to watch and what to expect?

By Peter Davidson

Nicola Sturgeon will give an update on the latest coronavirus situation in Scotland later today.

The First Minister is expected to address MSPs in the Scottish Parliament about a number of issues, from hospitalisation figures to cuts to self-isolation for people who test positive.

In recent days concerns have been raised that the UK Government will end free lateral flow tests across the country.

However, the reports are a "red herring" and therefore the Scottish Government is not making any contingency plans, according to Professor Jason Leitch.

Scotland's National Clinical Director said there is "no intelligence" that reports of scrapping free coronavirus testing are true.

While, the UK's Education Secretary, Nadhim Zahawi, denied there are plans to stop providing free lateral flow devices after a Sunday Times story suggested Prime Minister Boris Johnson would announce the change within weeks.

Here's all you need to know:

Where can I watch the statement?

Nicola Sturgeon's address to the Scottish Parliament will be available to watch to the Daily Record's main Facebook page. You can view it here.

If you're at your desk or out and about then you can follow the update on our live coronavirus blog.

The Scottish Parliament website will have a stream of the speech as will its Facebook page.

If you'd prefer to watch it on the TV then the BBC Scotland channel will have a special programme on the statement which airs at 2.15pm.

What time is the update?

The SNP leader is expected to get to her feet in the Scottish Parliament at around 2.20m on Tuesday, January 11.

Nicola Sturgeon will speak for 20 minutes then take questions from members of parliament for around 55 minutes.

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross and Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar will have the opportunity to quiz the First Minister on her statement.

Backbench MSPs will also get the chance to ask Sturgeon questions on behalf of their constituents.

What can I expect from the statement?

The First Minister will give MSPs and the pupil an update on the latest covid situation in Scotland over the last week, she will also reveal the most up to date figures in terms of cases, hospitalisations and deaths.

During questions from MSPs the First Minister is likely to be asked about the speculation that self-isolation days in England could be cut to five day from seven.

A decision is set to be made next week on wider covid restrictions concerning larger public gatherings and physical distancing measures in pubs and restaurants,

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