Nicola Sturgeon update: What time is the First Minister expected to make statement on additional lockdown restrictions - and how can you watch?

As cases of Covid-19 continue to rise across Scotland, the First Minister has said “further and urgent action” is needed.

Nicola Sturgeon is preparing to announce new measures at Holyrood today (Tuesday, September 22) in an attempt to halt the spread of coronavirus across Scotland.

Scotland's First Minister – along with her counterparts in Wales and Northern Ireland – is due to take part in a Cobra meeting with Boris Johnson this morning.

Ms Sturgeon will then meet her cabinet before addressing the Scottish Parliament in the afternoon.

It comes after the UK's chief medical officers raised the coronavirus alert to Level 4.

This means transmission of the virus is "high or rising exponentially".

On Monday evening, Ms Sturgeon tweeted: “4 UK CMOs – inc @DrGregorSmith – agree raising of #Covid_19 alert level to 4.

“I’ll participate in COBR meeting tomorrow am, after which @scotgov Cabinet will agree measures to bring virus back under control in Scotland.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

“I’ll then offer a statement to @ScotParl tomorrow pm.”

The First Minister previously said coronavirus is spreading again in Scotland and “further and urgent action” is needed to stop the increase, warning if left unchecked it will lead to more cases, people in hospital and deaths.

She said the Scottish Government is prepared to introduce “a package of additional measures” but will aim to avoid a full-scale lockdown such as the one imposed in March.

Ms Sturgeon added: “I will be clear that I am willing to allow a bit more time for four-nations discussions to take place before making final decisions for Scotland.”

When will Nicola Sturgeon outline new coronavirus restrictions at Holyrood?

The First Minister will address the Scottish Parliament at 2.20pm today. Ms Sturgeon will make a 20-minute speech before taking questions for 40 minutes.

How to watch

The speech will be broadcast live on the Scottish government Twitter page, which you can still watch even if you don’t have a Twitter account.

The First Minister will make a TV address at about 8:05pm, on BBC Scotland, just after Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a similar television statement at 8pm on the measures he is planning to impose on England.

You can follow all the latest updates on our live blog.

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