Coronavirus: School closures announced in Scotland

Schools in Scotland will close at the end of the week in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the First Minster has announced.

Ms Sturgeon said that schools have now lost too many staff to continue as normal, and wanted to reassure teachers and school staff that the government would work with them as they know what is best for children.

It came after Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the House of Commons during Prime Minister's Questions that further decisions on school closures were "to be taken imminently".

He said: "The House should expect further decisions to be taken imminently on schools and how to make sure we square the circle both of making sure we stop the spread of the disease but also making sure we relieve, as much as we can, pressure on our NHS."

The First Minister said the Scottish Government is still working out the finerdetail of what this will all mean.

More on this as we get it.

It was announced today that a third person has died from coronavirus in Scotland, with 227 confirmed positive cases across the country.