COVID 19: First Minister warns Scots over Hogmanay partying

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has urged people to stay at home for Hogmanay following a rise in coronavirus cases in Scotland since Christmas.

Speaking about the traditional Scottish new year event, she said: “I take no pleasure in saying this but we should ring in 2021 in our own homes.”

She said there had been “quite a big jump” in cases reported in Scotland on Monday – 1895.

“It may be a Christmas lag, but is nevertheless, indicative of a rising trend, ” she added.

“We’ll be glad to see the back of 2020 but for now it is really vital to do everything we can to reduce risk.”

For the first time in its history, Scotland’s flagship Hogmanay event in Edinburgh is moving online – where it will be headed by actor David Tennant.

Many other nations are also revising their traditional firework spectaculars.

Ms Sturgeon said a muted Hogmanay would help protect the NHS, which is operating under “severe pressure”.

While the numbers of people in hospital and intensive care in Scotland is below peak levels in the spring, she said there was not “any room for complacency”.

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