NICOLA Sturgeon sparked more chaos and confusion today as she revealed a FIVE tiered coronavirus alert system for Scotland.
The First Minister outlined fresh systems which will come into place after the national circuit-breaker lockdown ends next week.
It features five levels of measures – from “level zero” to four – to be applied in different areas of Scotland depending on the spread of the virus.
The top level would be close to a full lockdown like back in March, but the aim is for schools to remain open at all times if possible.
The levels will be reviewed on a weekly basis.
“It seeks to tackle the direct threat to life as a result of covid,” she said today.
“We must strike the best balance we can in terms of minimizing the overall harm.
“But If we allow the virus to run out of control, all the harms I have talked about will be made worse.”
Parliament will debate the measures on Tuesday.
Everyone who has previously been shielding will also get extra help about exactly what the new measures have been for them.
She also revealed that care home visitors, carers and anyone admitted to hospital will be able to get covid testing in future to try and stop the spead.
The Scottish Government will also ramp up testing of people with no symptoms to try and clamp down on possible outbreaks, too.
26 per cent of people newly tested came back positive, she revealed today at the daily coronavirus briefing.
54,016 cases have been reported now in Scotland – and 2,688 deaths in total.
The number of people going into intensive care have risen by 50 per cent in the last week, she also said, painting a worrying picture of the nation’s health.