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Coronavirus / Secondary pupils to return to classroom after Easter break, first minister confirms

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Photo: Scottish Government.

ALL secondary pupils will be able to return to the classroom full-time after the Easter holidays, first minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed.

The first minister made the announcement in an update today (Tuesday).

The decision had previously been outlined but Sturgeon said the progress in the battle against coronavirus meant it could go ahead.

The one exception to this on children on the shielding list, who are recommended to stay home until the end of April.

She also said there were 259 positive cases reported in Scotland on Monday.

Cases have fallen by more than 80 per cent since January, while the number of deaths have fallen more sharply, Sturgeon said.

There have been no updates for local cases over the weekend Easter, but in today’s update no cases have been added to Shetland’s tally.

The first minster warned, however, that Covid in Scotland is down but “not out – it is a virus that is very much still with us”.

Her update also confirmed a plan to make lateral flow Covid tests available twice a week to everyone in Scotland.

Sturgeon hopes to provide another update on 20 April for the planned easing of restrictions on 26 April, which could see changes for Shetland.

However, it is still unclear what those changes will be, with the government previously consulting islanders on the idea of imposing a travel ban in return for less social restrictions.

As of 7.30am this morning 2,577,816 people in Scotland had received the first dose of the Covid vaccine. For second doses this figure is 463,780.