Nicola Sturgeon announces further easing of coronavirus lockdown in Scotland

“If we can suppress the virus more – get as close as possible to eliminating it now – then we give ourselves a better chance, not just of controlling future outbreaks or clusters, but of doing so through more targeted measures, rather than general, blanket restrictions on our way of life. “The alternative – which would happen if we moved too quickly – is the virus continuing to circulate at a higher level of transmission. “So, difficult though I know it is, the prize for going a bit more carefully now is a recovery that is much more sustainable – and one that will, I hope, allow more normality to be restored to our everyday lives.” More follows