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Nicola Sturgeon says schools to close by end of the week due to coronavirus


By Scott Maclennan


First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that schools will almost certainly close on Friday, warning that she “cannot guarantee” they will reopen before the summer.

In a statement made in the last few minutes, Ms Sturgeon said it is "inevitable" that schools will shut and they will probably be shut by the end of this week.

Already a number of schools across the Highlands have closed due to “unforeseen circumstances”.

She also stated that £1.9 billion of support would be available in Scotland after the Chancellor’s announcement of a £350 billion package to support businesses across the country.



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