COVID-19: Nicola Sturgeon announces phased return of schools in Scotland from February 22

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A phased return of pupils to classrooms in Scotland could begin from 22 February, the first minister has announced.

Nicola Sturgeon revealed the news, which is subject to final confirmation in two weeks' time, as she updated MSPs on changes to Scotland's lockdown restrictions.

She confirmed the measures will be extended to at least the end of February.

But Ms Sturgeon held out the prospect of a "careful and gradual "easing of restrictions from the start of next month, if progress continues to be made.

The first minister also announced that a "managed quarantine" system will be introduced for all arrivals into Scotland, regardless of where travellers have come from.

This goes further than England's system, which sees mandatory quarantine for arrivals from more than 30 "red list countries".

"The firm view of the Scottish government is that in order to minimise the risk of new strains coming into the country, managed quarantine must be much more comprehensive," Ms Sturgeon said.

"I can therefore confirm today that we intend to introduce a managed quarantine requirement for anyone who arrives directly into Scotland, regardless of which country they have come from."