The First Minister has warned Scotland will need to "do more to slow down the virus" as vaccinations are rolled out. 

Nicola Sturgeon said "tough" decisions were ahead as she announced plans to hold a Scottish cabinet meeting tomorrow. 

Education secretary John Swinney has now confirmed The Education Recovery Group will meet. 

He said the group will consider current advice for schools and early learning. 

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Writing on Twitter, Ms Sturgeon said the steep rise in cases and the pressure on the NHS seen in parts of England "is a sign of what may lie ahead". 

The Scottish Government is set to act "quickly and decisively in the national interest", she added. 

"Vaccines give us way out, but this new strain makes the period between now and then the most dangerous since start of the pandemic.

"For now, please continue to take Covid seriously - it is a real threat to life and health and, if it runs out of control, it damages the economy more too.

"Please stay at home as much as possible and avoid non essential interactions with other households. Thank you."

It comes after 2,137 new positive cases of Covid-19 were reported in the latest figures.

A total of 21,451 tests reported results, of which 10.8% were positive.