Nicola Sturgeon will give a Covid update today as Parliament returns from its October recess. 

It will mark the first announcement in over two weeks as MSPs enjoyed their break from chamber meetings. 

With less than a week to go before the start of COP26, the first minister is expected to touch on the anticipated rise in Covid cases following the climate conference. 

Cases in Scotland have recently plateaued following a sustained period of high figures towards the end of the summer, but the influx of around 30,000 people attending COP26 starting on Sunday October 31 could change this.

Those attending are not required to be fully vaccinated, although it is strongly advised.  

Instead, delegates should take daily lateral flow tests.

The first minister will likely discuss the Covid strategy following COP, so with that in mind, here's what you need to know about today's update.

When is Nicola Sturgeon's Covid update today? 

Nicola Sturgeon's Covid update will take place today at around 2:20pm. 

The exact time of the speech will depend on the topical questions running to time.  

How can I watch Nicola Sturgeon's update today? 

The update will be broadcast live on Scottish Parliament TV and streamed via the Scottish Government's social media pages. 

It will also be live tweeted on the SNP's Twitter.

People can watch on BBC Scotland from 2:20pm.  

What will Nicola Sturgeon say during today's update?

The first minister will provide an outline of the daily statistics in Scotland, including case rates, deaths, hospitalisations and vaccinations.

She will also offer an update on the vaccination programme as the booster scheme continues to be rolled out. 

Ahead of COP26, she is expected to touch on mitigation measures in Scotland both during and following the conference. 

We may also learn more about Scotland's winter plans for dealing with Covid, as reports highlight the potential for hospitals to be overrun.