Welcome to today’s (Wednesday 23 September) live coverage of the unfolding coronavirus crisis in Scotland.
Over the previous 24-hour period, a record 486 new cases of the deadly virus were identified in Scotland and two people died.
The new measures include a strict nationwide curfew for pubs, bars and restaurants, and a ban on household visits (with the exception of those living alone or alone with children who form extended households and couples in non-cohabiting relationships.)
She urged people to continue to act out of “love and solidarity”, reminding Scots not to forget that “humanity has come through even bigger challenges than this one”.
“The last six months have been unprecedented. They’ve been the hardest many of us have ever lived through.
“But through our collective efforts across Scotland, we did beat COVID back.
“As a result – although too much heartbreak has been endured and too many families are grieving – many lives were also saved,” she said.
We will be bringing you all the latest COVID updates from around Scotland right here.