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Nicola Sturgeon has said his strategy out of the lockout will be ‘broadly similar’ to Boris Johnson’s approach for England

Scotland’s strategy to ease lockdown and lift restrictions will be ‘broadly similar’ to Boris Johnson’s plan for England, said Nicola Sturgeon

The Prime Minister is expected to announce plans to lift the lockdown later today, while the Prime Minister will outline her plans for Scotland when she addresses MSPs on Tuesday

The prime minister said the data for countries was different, but the principles for easing restrictions would be the same

Speaking in her daily coronavirus briefing, Ms Sturgeon said: ‘Our lockdown exit plans will not be the same, they are not already the same as we have children back to school today , which is not the case in England until March, so we will not be identical but I think there will be great similarities ”

She said Boris Johnson is likely to offer a “cautious and cautious” way forward, which she welcomed, adding that it was “vital that we learn from past experiences”

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Ms Sturgeon said: ‘Just like us it seems they put kids and education first and are getting back to normal before doing anything else.

“So I think the principles will be the same – we are living the same pandemic

“There is a limit to how much it is reasonable to diverge under the circumstances we face in common, but it is clear that we will make our own judgments about the particular order and the particular time of it, because the data are not identical in each of the four nations ”

Ms Sturgeon said her roadmap would provide guidance on gradually easing restrictions, but would not provide dates for reopening

She said: “We will seek to define tomorrow an indicative order of priority and the probable phasing of a first gradual lifting of the current lockdown restrictions, and then in due course of a return to the system of geographic levels when we decide whether all or parts of the country can go from level 4 to level 3, and this is of course the part where more parts of the economy will start to open up

“It will be a prudent way to move forward, because it is very important that upon exiting this lockdown, we do so in a sustainable manner.”

Ms Sturgeon also announced that people with ‘mild to moderate’ learning disabilities will be vaccinated as part of the next phase of the Scottish Government deployment

They will be part of priority group six, which includes people with underlying health conditions such as diabetes or heart disease and those with severe or profound learning difficulties.

As of Monday morning 1,445,488 people in Scotland had received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, an increase of 13,546 from the previous day, the Prime Minister confirmed

Giving a further update on daily coronavirus figures in Scotland, she said there were 715 new cases of coronavirus recorded in the past 24 hours and no deaths

The death toll under the measure – of people who tested positive for the virus for the first time in the previous 28 days – remains at 6,950

There are 1,141 patients hospitalized with recently confirmed Covid-19, an increase of nine in 24 hours, with the number in intensive care remaining unchanged at 99

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