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Nicola Sturgeon coronavirus RECAP as schools to start phased opening from February 22

Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed schools will start to open for younger children from February 22.

The phased return was confirmed for P1-3 in a “trade off” with lockdown across Scotland.

The country has endured seven gruelling weeks of lockdown since Christmas with non-essential shops shut, almost all hospitality businesses closed and a ban on travelling outwith local council areas.

The First Minister said wider lockdown will carry on “possibly” into March.

The number of positive covid test results has been falling across the country in recent weeks, with the number of coronavirus patients in hospital also dropping.

Today, Sturgeon confirmed 49 people died in the past 24 hours after a positive covid result with 28 days.

There were 773 new positive cases in the previous day.

Meanwhile, as of 8.30 this morning, 1,288,004 people in Scotland have received their first dose of the vaccine.

That is an increase of 32,814 since yesterday.

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