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Covid update: College and University return delayed till at least March

By David Porter

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In the last 24 hours there have been 2309 positive coronavirus tests equating to 8.1per cent of tests

NHS Greater Glasgow saw 692, Lanarkshire 390, Lothian 220 and Grampian 192 with the rest spread across Scotland.

The total number of people in Scotland in hospital with Covid-19 now exceeds April's highest with 93 additional deaths registered in the last 24 hours.

Speaking at a coronavirus briefing today First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that there would be an extension to online teaching for college and university students.

She said: "When I set out lockdown restrictions on Monday I said we would be reviewing the return to campus and I can confirm that the staggered return for colleges and universities will be extended and teaching will be online only till at least the end of February.

"There will be some small exceptions for medical practical placements, but the vast majority should stay at home and be learning online.

"This also applies to college students and advice on restarts of face to face will be published by universities.

"I know how disappointing this is and the effect it has on your learning and I feel disappointed on your behalf that it is being disrupted but it is in the interest of keeping you and the country as a whole safe."

She continued: "Places of workshop are now closed as of today as are snow sports centres, showrooms and cosmetic clinics.

"To be clear the country is now in lockdown and we must all do our part."

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