Nicola Sturgeon is to announce the decision on whether to tighten the vaccine passport scheme today.

The First Minister said, last week, the Scottish Government would decide on introducing new measures to try to deal with a potential rise on Covid cases over winter.

The decision to be announced in the Scottish Parliament this afternoon comes as countries across Europe are bringing back national lockdowns and toughening their vaccine passport rules.

The First Minister is to decide on extending the vaccine passports to other settings including pubs and restaurants.

A decision on whether proof of a negative test will be included in the rules that allow people to access certain types of venue.

Glasgow Times:

The decision comes as cases increased slightly in Glasgow over the last seven days but fell slightly across Scotland.

Across the country there were 20,631 new positive cases recorded in the last seven days, up to November 19, a rate of 377 per 100,000 population.

It is a slight drop from 21,158 over the previous sever days, a rate of 387, per 100,000.

In Glasgow numbers increased over the most recent seven day period.

There were1684 new positive recorded cases a rate of 264 per 100,000.

It is more, compared to the week before when 1536 new positive cases were recorded a rate of 241 per 100,000.

The increase in Glasgow is after cases remained the same during the two weeks of COP 26, which did not appear to see the big rise that was predicted, with tens of thousands of people in the city.

Glasgow still has the lowest rate of all mainland Scotland and is the third lowest in the country with only Shetland and Western Isles having a lower covid rate than the country’s biggest city.

In Glasgow the areas with the highest rates of new cases were Victoria Park, with 26 new cases and a rate of 961 per 100,000.

Maryhill had a rate of 718, Craigend and Ruchazie, 685, and Carmyle and Mount Vernon South, 683 per 100,000.

There were eight other areas with a rate of more than 400 per 100,000.

Garrowhill West, Garthamlock, Auchenlea and Gartloch, Kelvinside and Jordanhill, Easterhouse East, Balornock, Robroyston and Millerston, Blairdardie West ad Summerston North were all above 400 per 100,000.

Austria has re-imposed a national lockdown for ten days but could be extended to 20 days.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that tighter rules will be needed.