Coronavirus lockdown measures could last into next year, Sturgeon warns

Nicola Sturgeon has said some coronavirus restrictions could be kept in place for the rest of the year or longer as she warned "a return to normal as we knew it is not on the cards in the near future".

The First Minister was speaking at her daily coronavirus briefing as the Scottish Government published a report pledging an easing of the lockdown measures will be "conducted in a phased and careful manner".

She stressed people will need to "find a way to live with this virus".

Ms Sturgeon said the number of people in Scotland who have died after testing positive for the virus is 1,120, up by 58 from 1,062 on Wednesday.

A total of 9,409 people have now tested positive, up by 371 from 9,038 the day before.

The number of people in intensive care and hospital in Scotland has fallen in the past 24 hours, by seven to 148 and by 28 to 1,776 respectively, which Ms Sturgeon said is a cause for "real optimism".

She said the key objective of the new paper is continuing to suppress the virus and the Scottish Government is "increasingly confident" measures put in place are helping to do this.

The First Minister said: "As we start to lift the restrictions, the real risk is that Covid-19 runs rampant again.

"So a return to normal as we knew it is not on the cards in the near future and it's really important that I am upfront with you about that.

"What we must do is find a new normal, a way of living alongside this virus but in a form that keeps it under control and stops it taking the toll we know it can do."

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Olivia Harper sunbathes on the Old Course at St Andrews, in Fife as final preparations are completed to the course ahead of reopening tomorrow. On the day that First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that people in Scotland will be able to meet one other household at a time outdoors from Friday as lockdown measures around the coronavirus pandemic ease. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
Gavin McAdam wears one of the face masks designed by his Edinburgh pop-up company Breathe Easy which is producing a range of reusable face coverings to help in the fight against coronavirus, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Wednesday May 20, 2020. (Jane Barlow/PA via AP)
Staff from Queen Elizabeth University Hospital gather as they join in the applause to salute local heroes during Thursday's nationwide Clap for Carers to recognise and support NHS workers and carers fighting the coronavirus pandemic, in Glasgow, Scotland, Thursday May 28, 2020. On Thursday evening, people across the U.K. stood on balconies, doorsteps and sidewalks to applaud care workers on the front lines of the pandemic, for the 10th and possibly final time. Annemarie Plas, 36, founded the ritual but says that “to have the most impact I think it is good to stop it at its peak.” (Andrew Milligan/PA via AP)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - MAY 27: First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon looks on during the First Minister's Questions at the Scottish Parliament on May 27, 2020 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Fraser Bremner-Pool/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - MAY 27: Willie Rennie MSP Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader attends the First Minister's Questions at the Scottish Parliament on May 27, 2020 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Fraser Bremner-Pool/Getty Images)
GLASGOW - MAY 27: Members of the public walk past new graffiti on Clyde Street on May 27, 2020 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. The British government continues to ease the coronavirus lockdown by announcing schools will open to reception year pupils plus years one and six from June 1st. Open-air markets and car showrooms can also open from the same date. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 20: Police speak with members of the public as they enjoy the hottest day of the year on May 20, 2020 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The British government has started easing the lockdown it imposed two months ago to curb the spread of Covid-19, abandoning its 'stay at home' slogan in favour of a message to 'be alert', but UK countries have varied in their approaches to relaxing quarantine measures. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
A person walks past coronavirus related graffiti on a wall in Glasgow after the introduction of measures to bring the country out of lockdown. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
A pedestrian walks past a mural paying tribute to NHS staff who continue to work during the coronavirus pandemic in Glasgow on May 16, 2020, as lockdown to kurb the spread of COVID-19 continues. - Officials statistics show Britain had recorded more than 36,000 deaths in the outbreak by the start of the month, the second-worst in the world, although the government's current total -- which is a less comprehensive count -- is 34,446. The health ministry announced another 468 deaths on May 16. (Photo by Andy Buchanan / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 18: Celtic fans gather at Celtic Park following the announcement that their club has been crowned Scottish champions for the ninth season in a row and Hearts have been relegated after the SPFL ended the season on May 18, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. The British government has started easing the lockdown it imposed two months ago to curb the spread of Covid-19, abandoning its 'stay at home' slogan in favour of a message to 'be alert', but UK countries have varied in their approaches to relaxing quarantine measures. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 15: Estonian freelance ballet dancer and choreographer, Eve Mutso performs her daily fitness routine near her home Charing Cross on May 15, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. The prime minister announced the general contours of a phased exit from the current lockdown, adopted nearly two months ago in an effort curb the spread of Covid-19. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 20: Police speak with members of the public as they enjoy the hottest day of the year on May 20, 2020 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The British government has started easing the lockdown it imposed two months ago to curb the spread of Covid-19, abandoning its 'stay at home' slogan in favour of a message to 'be alert', but UK countries have varied in their approaches to relaxing quarantine measures. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
A member of the public at Glasgow Green as part of gatherings taking place this weekend across the UK against the coronavirus pandemic restrictions after the introduction of measures to bring the country out of lockdown. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
Members of the public gather in Glasgow Green to protest against the coronavirus lockdown restrictions. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
Becs Barker (left) chats to her neighbour Jan Brown on her doorstep in Minard, Argyll and Bute. A handful of residents in the village set up a community group to help the vulnerable with shopping with the majority of those in the village now assisting and in the process have discovered a renewed community spirit through their efforts to combat lockdown loneliness. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
Police attend as members of the public gather in Glasgow Green to protest against the coronavirus lockdown restrictions. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
Hannah McGee takes picture of a piece of art by the artist, known as the Rebel Bear after it appeared on a wall on Ashton Lane in Glasgow. The new addition to Glasgow's street art is capturing the global Coronavirus crisis. The piece features a nurse wearing a mask and forming a love heart with her hands as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
A person walks past a boarded up shop in Glasgow with the wording HEROES written on it as a tribute to the NHS as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
Mitch Wilkins is tested at a drive through testing facility for COVID-19 at Edinburgh Airport as Scotland continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
CAMPBELTOWN, SCOTLAND - MAY 07: Members of the Campbeltown community turn out for the funeral of 52 year old Ambulance Paramedic Robert Black who passed away from coronavirus last week on May 7, 2020 in Campbeltown, Scotland. The country continued quarantine measures intended to curb the spread of Covid-19, but the infection rate is falling, and government officials are discussing the terms under which it would ease the lockdown. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 06: A member of the public walks past a sign at Charing Cross during the coronavirus lockdown on May 6, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. The country continues quarantine measures intended to curb the spread of Covid-19, but the infection rate is falling, and government officials are discussing the terms under which it would ease the lockdown. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, - APRIL 22: A man takes in the view of the Glenlee tall ship as the sun sets over the city during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown on April 22, 2020 in Glasgow,United Kingdom. The British government has extended the lockdown restrictions first introduced on March 23 that are meant to slow the spread of COVID-19. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 22: Technicians carry out a sample transfer during the opening of the new Covid-19 testing lab at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital on April 22, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Testing of samples has officially started this week at the Lighthouse Lab which is hosted by the University of Glasgow at its Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. The project funded by the UK Government is part of a network of diagnostic testing facilities alongside other Lighthouse Lab sites in Milton Keynes and Alderley Park, Cheshire. Experts hope the new Covid-19 facility will be able to carry out tens of thousands of tests a day. (Photo by Andrew Milligan - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 22: Volunteers at Thomas Rae tailors, work at his shop in Easterhouse shopping centre making free scrubs for NHS nurses and doctors on April 22, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. The British government has extended the lockdown restrictions first introduced on March 23 that are meant to slow the spread of COVID-19. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
A thank you NHS flutters at the golfcourse in Grangemouth, Scotland, on April 21, 2020. - Oil-price turmoil gripped traders once more Tuesday, a day after US crude futures crashed below zero for the first time as the coronavirus crisis crippled global energy demand and worsened a supply glut. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP) (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Exterior cleaning contractor Malcolm Bennet from Flamingo Exterior Cleaning voluntarily disinfects aruond a bus shelter in Ayr town Centre on the west coast of Scotland on April 18, 2020 as life in Britain continues under lockdown to halt the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 illness. - Malcolm Bennet and Robin Barclay, owners of Flamingo Exterior Cleaning, have been donating their time and materials to clean and disinfect public spaces in towns around Aryshire on the west coast of Scotland as a way of contributing to the fight against the spread of the new coronavirus amid a deadly global pandemic. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP) (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Members of the public are seen out on Princess Street during the coronavirus pandemic on April 17, 2020 in Edinburgh, Scotland.The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has spread to many countries across the world, claiming over 120,000 lives and infecting over 2 million people. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
A cyclist passes graffiti in Glasgow city centre as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Members of the public are seen out on the Royal Mile during the coronavirus pandemic on April 17, 2020 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has spread to many countries across the world, claiming over 120,000 lives and infecting over 2 million people. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Members of the public walk past graffiti in the Meadows during the coronavirus pandemic on April 17, 2020 in Edinburgh, Scotland.The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has spread to many countries across the world, claiming over 120,000 lives and infecting over 2 million people. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Posters of rainbows, being used as a symbol of hope during hte novel coronavirus pandemic, are pictured in the windows of Castle View Care Home, operated by the HC-One group, in Dumbarton, west of Glasgow on April 21, 2020, after the news that 8 elderly residents had died after displaying symptoms of COVID-19 at the home in the last weeks. - Weekly figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that the number of people dying in care homes was growing. The official government toll, published daily, only counts those people who have died in hospital after being tested. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP) (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Liberal Democrat MP for North East Fife, Wendy Chamberlain (43) participates in a remote session of the House of Commons in Westminster, London, from her home in Fife, Scotland on April 21, 2020, during the nationwide lockdown to combat the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. - The British parliament returns on Tuesday from an extended Easter break, allowing lawmakers to scrutinise ministers as criticism grows of government handling of the coronavirus crisis and deaths outside hospitals increase. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP) (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)
The Kelpies in Falkirk which will be lit by blue light for the remaining period of the COVID-19 crisis as a tribute to NHS and social care workers. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 07: A general view of the interior of the new temporary NHS Louisa Jordan Hospital at the SEC event centre on April 07, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. There have been around 50,000 reported cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the United Kingdom and 5,000 deaths. The country is in its third week of lockdown measures aimed at slowing the spread of the virus. (Photo by Ian Rutherford - WPA Pool/ Getty Images)
Cyclists ride bikes as they pass a giant logo of Britain's National Health Service (NHS), placed in the windows of a closed-down pub in appreciation of the NHS's frontline medical staff working to save patients with COVID-19, in Glasgow on April 8, 2020, as life in Britain continues during the nationwide lockdown to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic. - Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson began a third day in intensive care on April 8 battling the coronavirus, which has struck at the heart of the British government, infected more than 55,000 people across the country and killed nearly 6,200. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP) (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 02: Finlay MacDonald and his sons Elliott, ten, and Fionn, eight, play Scotland the Brave on the bagpipes outside their home in Clarkston on April 02, 2020 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. Bagpipers across Scotland have been encouraged to play "Scotland the Brave" to thank the key workers who continue with their work amid the Coronavirus outbreak. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has spread to many countries across the world, claiming over 40,000 lives and infecting hundreds of thousands more. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
A post van travels along a deserted main street in Callander, Perthshire as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
OBAN, SCOTLAND - APRIL 02: Caledonian MacBrayne ferries are moored in Oban harbour during the Coronavirus crisis on April 2, 2020 in Oban, Scotland. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has spread to many countries across the world, claiming over 40,000 lives and infecting hundreds of thousands more. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
INVERARY, SCOTLAND - APRIL 02: An empty view of Main Street West as lockdown continues during the coronavirus outbreak on April 2, 2020 in Inveraray, Scotland. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has spread to many countries across the world, claiming over 40,000 lives and infecting nearly a million people. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 01: A man sits alone in George Square during the Coronavirus crisis on April 1, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has spread to many countries across the world, claiming over 40,000 lives and infecting hundreds of thousands more. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
A person in a dinosaur costume runs along the main street in Callander, Perthshire as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
Military personnel walk past The SSE Hydro in Glasgow is lit up in blue in a gesture of thanks to the hardworking NHS staff who are trying to battle coronavirus. A national salute for the frontline healthcare heroes is taking place across the UK with a mass round of applause from doorsteps, windows and balconies on Thursday at 8pm. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 31: Two men make their way past boarded up pub on Queen Street during the Coronavirus crisis on March 31, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has spread to many countries across the world, claiming over 30,000 lives and infecting hundreds of thousands more. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 31: Members of the public walk past a sign asking people to stay at home during the Coronavirus crisis on March 31, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has spread to many countries across the world, claiming over 30,000 lives and infecting hundreds of thousands more. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Tape marks out where to stand to observe 'social distancing' guidelines at ticket machines at London Bridge station in the borough of Southwark, which has among the highest number of covid-19 coronavirus cases anywhere in the UK, in London, England, on March 30, 2020. Official figures report that Southwark currently has 368 cases of covid-19, the highest in London and fifth highest in the UK as a whole, behind Sheffield (428), Glasgow (449), Hampshire (498) and Birmingham (578). The neighbouring London borough of Lambeth is similarly hard-hit, with 366 cases, sixth-highest in the UK. Britain meanwhile began its second week of lockdown today, with the measures set to be reviewed after an initial three-week period, though an extension is widely expected. Across the country a further 2,618 new cases were confirmed today, a slight rise after two days of falls, with a total of 1,408 people having so far died in the UK after testing positive for the virus. (Photo by David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A woman waits to cross a near-deserted Walworth Road in the borough of Southwark, which has among the highest number of covid-19 coronavirus cases anywhere in the UK, in London, England, on March 30, 2020. Official figures report that Southwark currently has 368 cases of covid-19, the highest in London and fifth highest in the UK as a whole, behind Sheffield (428), Glasgow (449), Hampshire (498) and Birmingham (578). The neighbouring London borough of Lambeth is similarly hard-hit, with 366 cases, sixth-highest in the UK. Britain meanwhile began its second week of lockdown today, with the measures set to be reviewed after an initial three-week period, though an extension is widely expected. Across the country a further 2,618 new cases were confirmed today, a slight rise after two days of falls, with a total of 1,408 people having so far died in the UK after testing positive for the virus. (Photo by David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
NORTH QUENSFERRY, FIFE - MARCH 30: A ScotRail train passes over the Forth Bridge as the cruise ship Balmoral passes under, following further cutbacks on services by the rail operator as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic, on March 30, 2020 in North Queensferry, Fife. ScotRail had already reduced services last week, but is cutting more daytime services and concentrating on providing services more tailored to the needs of key workers whose travel is essential. (Photo by Ken Jack/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 31: Workmen are seen at Glasgow's SECC which is going to be turned into a field hospital to treat victims of Coronavirus on March 31, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has spread to many countries across the world, claiming over 30,000 lives and infecting hundreds of thousands more. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
A motorist wearing a face mask drives through the streets of Glasgow as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
A cyclist makes his way up a quiet Saint Vincent Street in Glasgow as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (L) gestures as she holds a briefing on the novel coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak in Edinburgh on March 29, 2020, as Britain lives under lockdown, its population joining around 1.7 billion people around the globe ordered to stay indoors to curb the "accelerating" spread of the coronavirus. - The British government admitted on Sunday that the coronavirus lockdown could last a "significant" time as a leading expert warned it could be in place until June. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JEFF J MITCHELL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Clementine Sage(L) and Lucy Paterson perform Muay Thai in Kevingrove Park in Glasgow as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
Police patrol Kevingrove Park in Glasgow as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
A COVID-19 sign saying the play park is closed at the entrance to Kevingrove Park in Glasgow as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
A cyclist in Kevingrove Park in Glasgow as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
A view of a the entrance to St Enoch underground station in Glasgow as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
Pigeons fly in a quiet looking George Square in Glasgow as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
A view of a quiet St Enoch underground station in Glasgow as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
A view of an empty train as it travels through the underground network in Glasgow as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
A view of a quiet looking Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
An UBER EATS cyclist in Glasgow as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
Military personnel and officials walk around the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
Military personnel and officials walk around the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
Traffic on the M9 passes the Kelpies sculpture in Falkirk, which will be lit up in blue for the entirety of the coronavirus outbreak period of as a lasting tribute to NHS and social care workers. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
A woman walks past a homeless person lying in a doorway in a Glasgow city centre street on March 27, 2020. - Britain is under lockdown, its population joining around 1.7 billion people around the globe ordered to stay indoors to curb the "accelerating" spread of the coronavirus. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP) (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Police officers speak with a member of the public in a Glasgow city centre street on March 27, 2020. - Britain is under lockdown, its population joining around 1.7 billion people around the globe ordered to stay indoors to curb the "accelerating" spread of the coronavirus. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP) (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Police officers break up a group of people who had gathered in Glasgow city centre on March 27, 2020. - Britain is under lockdown, its population joining around 1.7 billion people around the globe ordered to stay indoors to curb the "accelerating" spread of the coronavirus. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP) (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 27: Members of the public walk past a sign on the A82 north bound on March 27, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon along with British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, implemented strict lockdown measures urging people to stay at home and only leave the house for basic food shopping, exercise once a day and essential travel to and from work. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has spread to at least 182 countries, claiming over 20,000 lives and infecting hundreds of thousands more. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 27: Police patrol Buchanan Street on March 27, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland.Scotland. First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon along with British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, implemented strict lockdown measures urging people to stay at home and only leave the house for basic food shopping, exercise once a day and essential travel to and from work. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has spread to at least 182 countries, claiming over 20,000 lives and infecting hundreds of thousands more. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Jim Miller Procurement Director from NHS National Services Scotland moves boxes of face masks at the NHS' National Procurement Warehouse at Canderside, Larkhall, as deliveries of personal protective equipment (PPE) are being increased, with millions of masks and gloves have already delivered to frontline staff. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
STENHOUSEMIR, SCOTLAND - MARCH 27: Asiyah Javed, 34, from Falkirk, and husband Jawad Javed, 35, stand for a portrait at their shop in Stenhousemuir, Scotland on March 27, 2020. The couple have been delivering care packages with hand sanitizer and masks to the elderly and vulnerable against the coronavirus (COVID- 19) outbreak in their community. (Photo by Robert Ormerod/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
STENHOUSEMIR, SCOTLAND - MARCH 27: Asiyah Javed, 34 from Falkirk, stands for a portrait with a care package at her shop in Stenhousemuir, Scotland., Scotland on March 27, 2020. Asiyah Javed, 34, from Falkirk, and husband Jawad Javed, 35 have been delivering care packages with hand sanitizer and masks to the elderly and vulnerable against the coronavirus (COVID- 19) outbreak in their community. (Photo by Robert Ormerod/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Glass is strewn on the pavement in front of the vandalised door of a Chinese restaurant in Glasgow, Scotland on March 27, 2020. - Britain was under lockdown, its population joining around 1.7 billion people around the globe ordered to stay indoors to curb the "accelerating" spread of the coronavirus. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP) (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)
People in flats wave the Scottish flag in Glasgow as they join in a national applause for the NHS from their doorsteps, windows and balconies to show their appreciation for all NHS workers who are helping to fight the Coronavirus. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
People walk through the near deserted streets of Edinburgh, Scotland on March 26, 2020 after the government ordered a lockdown to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. - The coronavirus outbreak and resulting lockdown of billions of people threatens the global economy to the point where economists are predicting the most violent recession in recent history, perhaps even eclipsing the Great Depression. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP) (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)
An advertising billboard in Glasgow displays a message in support of the NHS. In a gesture of thanks to the frontline healthcare heroes, everyone across the nation has been invited to join a a mass round of applause from their doorsteps, windows and balconies at 8pm on Thursday. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 08: Military personnel test essential workers at drive-thru coronavirus testing centre at Glasgow Airport’s long-stay car park on April 8, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. There have been around 55,000 reported cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the United Kingdom and 6,000 deaths. The country is in its third week of lockdown measures aimed at slowing the spread of the virus. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 20: A general view of the new NHS Louisa Jordan hospital which is now ready to take its first coronavirus patients on April 20, 2020 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. The British government has extended the lockdown restrictions first introduced on March 23 that are meant to slow the spread of COVID-19. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon gestures, during the First Minister's Statement on Covid-19 at the Scottish Parliament, in Holyrood, Edinburgh, Scotland, Thursday May 21, 2020. Sturgeon presented a “map” for easing coronavirus restrictions in the months ahead while observing social distancing guidelines. (Fraser Bremner/Scottish Daily Mail/PA via AP)
GLASGOW - MAY 27: Members of the public view a sign referencing Chief Advisor to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Dominic Cummings' visit to Durham, on the gates of Queen's Park on May 27, 2020 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. The British government continues to ease the coronavirus lockdown by announcing schools will open to reception year pupils plus years one and six from June 1st. Open-air markets and car showrooms can also open from the same date. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
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Ms Sturgeon said the reproduction rate of the virus must be kept below one, with best estimates putting the figures "somewhere between 0.6 and one".

She said lockdown measures are doing "damage" to Scotland, with problems in business, education and living standards, stressing a better "balance" will need to be found.

The paper is a "first cut", she said, designed to start an "adult conversation".

Ms Sturgeon added the "science will never be exact" and the Scottish Government will have to make judgments on any measures to be added or lifted.

The report makes clear "living with the virus will mean continued uncertainty and changes to how we live our lives".

It adds: "The key consideration around easing restrictions is how to do so safely.

"Even as we lift some of the more restrictive measures, we are likely to require continued adherence to the advice on staying at home if symptomatic and to the advice on physical distancing."

It is "likely" restrictions on gathering in groups, which have shut down pubs and led to public events across the country being cancelled, will need to continue "for some time to come", the report warns.

Good hand and cough hygiene "must become fundamental habits", it states, adding "each one of us will have to adapt to this as the new normal, at least until we are sure that we can be more protected by a vaccine or treatment".

The report states: "Our assessment is that now is not the right time to relax restrictions."

It adds: "If, after easing any restrictions, the evidence tells us we are unable to contain the transmission of the virus then we will have to reimpose them, possibly returning to lockdown with little notice.

"While we will do our best to avoid this, it is possible that such a cycle may happen more than once until we reach a point when we have in place an effective vaccine."

The report goes into more detailing, stating: "Over the next few weeks, based on the evidence and expert advice, a number of options will be considered – not all of which may be selected.

"These are likely to include the easing of restrictions in a phased manner, opening up different parts of the economy sector by sector, considering different restrictions in different areas dependent on how the pandemic is progressing and considering options for different groups of the population – as is currently the case with those shielded for clinical reasons.

"It may be that restrictions on some outdoor activity are eased before those on indoor activities – however, all of this will be evidence-led."

It adds: "Easing restrictions will not mean returning to how things were before the virus.

"Physical distancing, hand hygiene, and other critical behaviours will be essential in each sector."

Here the Scottish Government pledged to work with experts in different sectors "to understand the practical consequences, for example, of what physical distancing would mean for schools and education, transport, business and recreation".

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