The First Minister said she “know just how challenging and stressful this situation is for families”, adding that it is a “priority for all of us to get children back to normal schooling as soon as possible.”

Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that full lockdown restrictions will be extended by at least a couple of weeks.

She said: “That means that the lockdown restrictions – including the strict stay at home requirement – will remain in place across mainland Scotland and some island communities until at least the middle of February. 

“Cabinet will review the situation again on the February 2”.

The First Minister confirmed that the Scottish Government is now vaccinating around 100,000 people a week – with plans to expand that to 400,000 a week by the end of February.

Speaking to MSPs in Holyrood on Tuesday, the First Minister said: We need to see these trends continue, to be more certain that this phase of the epidemic is now on a downward trajectory.

The latest statistics show 164,927 people have now tested positive in Scotland, up from 163,762 the previous day.

The daily test positivity rate is 11.1%, down from 12.3% on the previous day.

Of the new cases, 354 are in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 178 in Lanarkshire, and 142 in Lothian.

There are 1,989 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus, up 30 in 24 hours.

Of these patients, 150 are in intensive care, an increase of four.

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