Schools to reopen as planned in Scotland

Schools to reopen as planned in Scotland
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As we've been reporting, it's one year to the day that the World Health Organization declared Covid-19 a global pandemic, APA reports citing BBC.

In an update to MSPs, Nicola Sturgeon says the past 12 months have been "incredibly tough" but we can now have cautious optimism.

She says case numbers, hospitalisations and deaths have all fallen in recent weeks and she expects the R rate - the average number of people each infected person passes the virus to - to stay below one when it is published later today.

Some 40% of the population have received a first dose of the vaccine.

Sturgeon confirms the planned reopening of schools will go ahead on Monday, as will the plans to change rules on outdoor meetings.

Plans for the phased reopening of the economy will be announced on Tuesday.

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