Scotland set to impose two week ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown from 7pm on Friday

Scots will reportedly be ordered to stay home from Friday night as the country is plunged into a second lockdown.

An NHS source claimed that doctors have been briefed that the ‘circuit-breaker’ clampdown will start at 7pm that day in a bid to stem coronavirus.

The restrictions would be centred on a ‘stay-at-home' order for a fortnight following a surge in Covid-19 cases, according to The Sun.

In Scotland alone 697 new cases were recorded on Monday and the number of hospital cases rose by eight to 218.

An NHS worker claimed: “We’ve been told to expect it from 7pm on Friday.”

Nicola Sturgeon has already hinted that pubs could be shutdown and new travel restrictions be imposed in a desperate bid to curb the spread.

But legal experts questioned the move, saying “limited evidence” rather than science was driving decision making.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was warned that a second shutdown would take Scotland “back to square one”.

Business leaders told Scottish leader that “switching the lights of the economy on and off” would lead to disaster, The Daily Mail reported.

Experts have already estimated that 100,000 Scots could lose their jobs by the end of the year.

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Tim Allan, of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce, told the Mail: “Talk of a further blanket lockdown is unacceptable to Scottish businesses.

“It would damage consumer and business confidence, which have already taken an unprecedented economic hit throughout this crisis.

“Returning to national lockdown measures will take our economy back to square one – we simply cannot continue to keep switching the lights of the economy on and off. It risks not just jobs but the wellbeing of entire communities.”

Nicola Sturgeon admitted on Monday that blanket restrictions would be a “key consideration”.

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She said: “[Geography] will be one of the key considerations.

"If we feel there are further restrictions needed; are they needed nationwide, or are they needed on a local or regional basis?

“We haven't taken a decision on that yet."

"Although we are seeing in west-central Scotland and in Lothian… particularly high numbers of cases and levels of infection, it would be wrong to suggest that we are not seeing a rise in infection in pretty much every part of the country. We are.

"In fact, if I look at today's cases – and I usually give the caveat that you should always be careful at looking at a single day's cases – but this has been the case on most days in the past week or so, we have cases in every mainland healthboard area.

"And, over the past few days, we've also seen cases in the Western Isles. Last week, we had cases in Shetland.

“So there is a rising tide of infection across the country, albeit it his higher in some parts than in others."

No deaths were recorded in the 24 hours to Monday, meaning the country's death toll remains at 2,530.

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