Scotland ‘to bring in two-week circuit breaker Covid-19 lockdown on Friday’.

A SCOTLAND-wide mini-lockdown will start at 7pm on Friday, docs were told last night.

The “circuit breaker” lockdown, centred on a stay-at-home order for a fortnight or more, is said to be on the cards after a surge in Covid-19 cases.

In Scotland, a further 697 new coronavirus cases were recorded on Monday.

No further deaths of anyone who’d previously tested positive for the bug were logged, but the number of hospital cases rose by eight to 218 - including 22 in intensive care.

It comes as Nicola Sturgeon denied a decision had already been made amid fears over the impact on businesses.

But an NHS source revealed last night: “We’ve been told to expect it from 7pm on Friday.”

Ms Sturgeon yesterday faced suggestions that her government was ruling by “fear”.

The First Minister hinted at pub shutdowns and new travel restrictions in a “circuit breaker” to curb the spread of Covid.

But legal experts questioned the move, saying “limited evidence” rather than science seemed to be driving decision-making.

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Scotland ‘to bring in two-week circuit breaker coronavirus lockdown at 7pm on Friday’ to tackle rising cases

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