Scotland's First Minister, and leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), Nicola Sturgeon attends First Minster's Questions (FMQs) in the debating chamber of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on September 17, 2020. - Britain has been the worst-hit country in Europe by COVID-19, recording nearly 42,000 deaths according to government statistics, and has seen positive cases spike dramatically in the last week.(AFP)
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Monday that additional restrictions aimed at tackling the growing spread of the novel coronavirus outbreak would almost certainly be imposed within days.
Sturgeon said urgent action was needed but she hoped to avoid a full-scale lockdown along the lines of the one imposed in March.
"I need to be absolutely straight with people, across Scotland additional restrictions will almost certainly be put in place ... over the next couple of days," Sturgeon said.
Sturgeon said she had asked the British government for an emergency COBR meeting to discussion the situation.