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Al Jazeera 21 May 2020

Scotland lockdown: First minister announces lifting restrictions


More than two weeks after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced an easing of coronavirus lockdown, Nicola Sturgeon has unveiled her plan for Scotland.
The first minister is implementing different measures, at a slower pace, raising questions about how united the United Kingdom really is.

Al Jazeera's Halla Mohieddeen reports from Edinburgh, Scotland.

New restrictions are being imposed from midnight in three ares of Scotland to control the spread of Coronavirus. The measures will affect nearly a million people. The first minister Nicola Sturgeon said the number of cases had been rising mainly 'as a result of household gatherings'.
People living in Glasgow, West Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire have been told they should not meet with people from other households indoors.
If a close contact has tested positive for COVID-19, everyone in the household should self-isolate for 14 days. And only essential visits to carehomes and hospitals will be allowed. Huw Edwards introduces this report from Alexandra Mackenzie.
The battle to contain the coronavirus pandemic is putting pressure on nations as they seek to find a balance between public health and saving economies.
After months of lockdown in Chile, the country has begun lifting restrictions in parts of the capital.
But some medical experts say the government is not following recommendations from the World Health Organization.

Al Jazeera's Lucia Newman reports from Santiago.
The use of face coverings in corridors and communal areas of secondary schools is being considered in Scotland.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she was acting in response to new guidance from the World Health Organization saying children over the age of 12 should wear masks.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said this would not be implemented in England.

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