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Coronavirus / Level three restrictions set to stay

Schools will remain closed to the majority of children until at least mid-February

First minister Nicola Sturgeon.

SHETLAND looks set to stay under level three coronavirus restrictions until at least mid-February.

Schools and nurseries across Scotland will also remain closed to the majority of pupils until mid-February.

First minister Nicola Sturgeon said a review of restrictions will next take place on 2 February.

Sturgeon said in an update to parliament this afternoon (Tuesday) nationally there are some grounds for optimism following lockdown restrictions on mainland Scotland, but “we are still in a very precarious position”.

She said lockdown restrictions in the mainland need to be kept in place until at least mid-February to continue progress against the virus.

The islands of Barra and Vatersay off the west of Scotland are to be moved to level four due to an outbreak in cases.

Shetland was placed under level three restrictions on Boxing Day, with mainland Scotland going into level four amid concern over a new and more transmissible strain of Covid.

Level four areas were then placed under lockdown restrictions in early January while the islands remained in level three.

Another five confirmed coronavirus cases in Shetland have been recorded, meaning a total of 200 have been registered in the isles since the pandemic began.

For a reminder on what is allowed under level three, visit the Scottish Government website.