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Nicola Sturgeon to give covid update to MSPs as Omicron cases reach record high

Nicola Sturgeon is set to give a coronavirus update to the Scottish Parliament later this week after cases reached record numbers over New Year.

Presiding Officer Alison Johnstone confirmed earlier today that MSPs would hear from the First Minister during a virtual sitting on Wednesday.

The SNP leader will give a 20-minute statement on the latest figures from across the country and announce if any new measures will be introduced to halt the spread of covid.

Scottish Government figures released today revealed that 20,217 new cases were identified in the last 24 hours – the highest daily rate since the pandemic began.

In a tweet the PO said: “CONFIRMED: Parliament will sit at 2pm on Wednesday 5 January.

“The meeting – for an update and questions on COVID – will be entirely virtual.”

Figures published today show 65,860 new tests reported results and 34.9 per cent were positive.

Monday’s figures include a note advising of delays in between tests being taken and results being reported, but saying Public Health Scotland is monitoring the situation.

There were 1,031 people in hospital on Sunday with recently confirmed covid and of these 38 were in intensive care.

A total of 4,383,212 people have received their first dose of a covid vaccination, 4,017,051 have received their second dose, and 2,992,583 have received a third dose or booster.

The daily data for January 1 and January 2 was also published on Monday.

A total of 17,065 new cases were reported on January 1 and 14,080 were reported for January 2.

What time is the statement?

Nicola Sturgeon is expected to get to her feet in the virtual parliament at around 2pm on Wednesday, January 5.

She will speak for around 20 minutes then take questions from MSPs for about 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.

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