Sturgeon: 'Considerable cause for optimism'

 Sturgeon: 'Considerable cause for optimism'
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Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has also been giving her daily coronavirus briefing, APA reports citing BBC.

She says "virtually all" over-65s in Scotland have now had the first dose of a Covid vaccine as well as 67% of 60 to 64-year-olds.

She adds that the number of vaccinations carried out on Tuesday was the highest number in a single day to have been reported for some time.

Sturgeon says she has a "stronger sense of optimism" following the success of the vaccination programme.

She goes over the latest reopening dates she outlined yesterday - 5 April for hairdressers and barbers and some retail, 26 April for non-essential retail and some hospitality and also the lifting of travel restrictions.

She hopes Scotland will enter lower levels of restrictions by June and says this should give us all "considerable cause for optimism".

But she also issues a warning and mentions the slight uptick in infections over the past week, saying it is a "stark reminder" people should not become complacent.

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