Nicola Sturgeon has hit out at Boris Johnson's government for not closing borders early enough to prevent the spread of the Delta variant.

The First Minister laid part of the blame at the door of the UK Government for the likely delay of lockdown restrictions in Scotland.

Speaking in the Scottish Parliament earlier today the SNP leader announced that she would make a statement next week on a 'Freedom Day'.

However, she warned that restrictions are expected to be delayed for a period due to rise in cases and hospital admissions across the country.

Over the last month there has been a rise in cases due to the Delta strain, which originated in India.

Meanwhile ministers are reportedly preparing to announce that care home workers will be required to have mandatory coronavirus vaccines.

The Government has held a consultation into the controversial proposal as a measure to protect the most vulnerable from contracting Covid-19.

It comes after yesterday saw two new deaths recorded in Scotland overnight amid 974 cases.

Delay to end of covid lockdown in Scotland could last longer than three weeks

The 'likely' three-week delay in the lifting of lockdown in Scotland could be extended beyond that, a Scottish Government minister has hinted.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon revealed yesterday in the Scottish Parliament that she is expected to announce, next week, a pause in moving council areas out of their current levels.

Over the last month there has been an increase in the number of covid cases and hospitalisations due to the spread of the Delta variant which originated in India.

As a result the SNP leader told MSPs “in all probability” she will next week announce a pause in the easing of restrictions in a bid to vaccinate as many Scots as possible.

READ MORE: Delay to end of covid lockdown in Scotland could last longer than three weeks

Record View: The continuation of lockdown for another month had an inevitability to it

The continuation of lockdown for another month, which Nicola Sturgeon all but confirmed in her statement to Holyrood, had an inevitability to it.

The spread of the new Delta variant, which now accounts for 96% of Covid cases in the United Kingdom, has confounded calculations for opening up society this month.

That creates a major headache for the hospitality industry in particular. Pubs and restaurants can barely get by with the social distancing restrictions, and for nightclubs and live venues it means keeping doors closed.

The anger of the industry is understandable and the frustration that furlough payments are being tapered off despite the extension of lockdown means there is bound to be an effect on staff. But if anger is to have an outlet then let it take aim at Boris Johnson.

READ MORE: The continuation of lockdown for another month had an inevitability to it

Scots mum with cancer tests positive for Covid despite being fully vaccinated

A Scots mum who is currently being treated for breast cancer has been dealt a fresh blow after being diagnosed with coronavirus despite being fully vaccinated.

Steff Lynch, 32, was given the devastating news that she had stage 1 grade 2 breast cancer just four days before Christmas last year.

The loving mum-of-two, from Prestwick, has used her social media platform - with over 17,000 followers on Instagram - to raise awareness around early detection and urges women to check their breasts.

She has now made another plea - this time, urging people to continue washing their hands, even when they are vaccinated, for as long as the pandemic continues.

READ MORE: Scots mum with cancer tests positive for Covid despite being fully vaccinated

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