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More details to be given on dates for easing coronavirus lockdown later this week

By Gregor White

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says she will give more detailed information later this week on when the next steps for easing lockdown will take place.

Ms Sturgeon outlined the first steps for moving into phase two of the route map out of lockdown last week, including the reopening of most shops from next Monday.

However, while she said more dates for further moves back to normality would be forthcoming this week, she also repeated warnings about the need to be cautious.

"We are trying to get back to normal and we want to do that as quickly as possible," she said.

"But let me reiterate my strong view that acting recklessly now would be a serious mistake."

Today's briefing also gave some of the detail behind a newly-published economic recovery report with recommendations incluiding a jobs guarantee for 16-25-year-olds.

"It potentially lays the foundations for a much more resilient, more sustainable and fairer economy in the years to come," she said, adding that it will be important to work with the UK government on recovery with regional support and digital infrastructure both important elements

The advisory panel behind the report is chaired by Benny Higgins, former Tesco bank chief, who said at today's breifing that it is a "call to action" to ensure Scotland is “ready for the next crisis, not the last one”.

He said the coronavirus crisis had highlighted the scale of inequality in Scotland and warned of a “tsunami" of unemployment coming.

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