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Scottish Government considering introducing new Covid-19 restrictions next week

Nicola Sturgeon is due to give a statement in the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday.

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John Swinney (left, with Nicola Sturgeon) said the Scottish Government are considering new measure (Russell Cheyne/PA)

John Swinney (left, with Nicola Sturgeon) said the Scottish Government are considering new measure (Russell Cheyne/PA)

John Swinney (left, with Nicola Sturgeon) said the Scottish Government are considering new measure (Russell Cheyne/PA)

New coronavirus restrictions could be introduced in Scotland next week, Deputy First Minster John Swinney has said.

Mr Swinney said ministers are spending the weekend “wrestling with the challenge of what are the right rules to have in place”.

But he said he does not think that Scots will face a restricted Christmas.

Asked on BBC Breakfast if new Covid-19 measures would be put in place next week, Mr Swinney said: “I can’t say definitively that will be the case, but that’s certainly been looked at over this weekend.

“And we have to judge what’s the best set of measures that we can take to try to interrupt the circulation of the virus. We can’t have it moving at the pace its moving at just now because the danger is that will overwhelm our public and private services.”

Nicola Sturgeon is due to give a statement in the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday.

On Friday, she told a televised press conference that Scotland faced a “tsunami” of Omicron cases.

Mr Swinney’s comments come as the latest statistics show 11 more Omicron cases have been confirmed in Scotland, taking the total to 121.

There were 4,087 coronavirus cases in total reported in the last 24 hours, with 12 deaths.

Asked if Scotland faced a restricted Christmas due to new Covid-19 measures, Mr Swinney said: “I don’t think so and I hope not. And we’re working very hard just now to make sure that does not become the case.”

Meanwhile, a hospital ward in Inverness has been closed to new admissions due to a Covid-19 outbreak.

NHS Highland said that Ward 7a at Raigmore Hospital is closed to new admissions and visiting following the detection of a small number of cases of coronavirus.

Tests are establishing whether any of the cases are of the Omicron variant and the results are expected next week.

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