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Nicola Sturgeon warns pandemic is not over despite restrictions easing in Scotland

The First Minister’s comments come as Scotland’s coronavirus restrictions are set to be eased further this weekend as self-isolation requirements will be scrapped.

People will instead be advised to “stay at home” if they are unwell, according to Scottish Government guidance.

New guidance said those with symptoms no longer needed to take a PCR and mass testing would end from Saturday as testing sites close and contact tracing ends.

Speaking during a campaign visit to the Barrowfield Community Centre in Camlachie, Glasgow, Ms Sturgeon said: “It’s not the end of the pandemic. I think we’ve got to be clear that this virus is still with us.

“We see in other parts of the world it’s still causing a lot of problems and case levels here in Scotland remain high. The pressure on the National Health Service is still significant.”

From 1 May, the Scottish Government has advised that symptoms of the virus are considered to be: continuous cough; high temperature, fever or chills; loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell; shortness of breath; unexplained tiredness, lack of energy; muscle aches or pains; unusual hunger; headaches; sore throat, stuffy or runny nose; and diarrhoea, feeling sick or being sick.

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