Nicola Ferguson Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland., announced in the Parliament that the country will return to a full lockdown.
She said: “I can confirm now, in summary, that we decided to introduce from tomorrow, for the duration of January, a legal requirement to stay at home except for essential purposes. This is similar to the lockdown of March last year.”
“The situation… is extremely serious,” she said.
Sturgeon said a new variant of the virus accounts for nearly half of new cases in Scotland and is 70 per cent more transmissible.
“As a result of this new variant, (the virus) has just learned to run much faster, and has most definitely picked up pace in the past couple of weeks,” Sturgeon told parliamentarians.
“It is no exaggeration to say that I am more concerned about the situation that we face now than I have been at any time since March.”