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Nicola Sturgeon was ridiculed online after she announced the end of her weekday coronvirus briefings today. SNP supporters said that their day “was not the same” without her briefing, with some noting that they planned their days around the lunchtime addresses. However, others criticised the SNP leader, urging her “not to rush back” to the podium while some urged her to “get back to governing instead of lecturing”.
The SNP leader explained that change is “temporary” in order give the officials who help put the events together a break.
Earlier today, Ms Sturgeon said: “For the next two weeks, we are going to be moving to three briefings a week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
“The reason for that is when you watch these briefings, you see those of us who stand at podiums, but these briefings involve a lot of work on the part of people behind the camera.
“This allows us to give people a bit of a break over the next two weekends in the summer period.”
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She added: “We will return to five day a week briefings at the start of August as we go into that period running up to the return of schools, where I’m sure there will be a lot of questions, not just from the journalists but from parents and young people in particular will want to hear regular updates about our progress there.”
She also tweeted: “A reminder that there’s no televised Scottish Government COVID briefing today or Mon.
“We’ll be back Tues at 12.15pm. For next 2 weeks briefings will be Tues, Wed, Thurs. We’ll be back to 5 days a week at start of August in run up to schools going back.”
The Scottish First Minister urged people to stick to the rule “to keep the virus under control” and provided a source for daily COVID-19 statistics information.
In her press conferences this week, Ms Sturgeon admitted she was “nervous” about lockdown relaxations coming into force in Scotland, describing them as, “by some margin, the highest risk changes” so far.
She said also announced that there had been just one coronavirus death in the last week.
Social media immediately reacted to the news with one user wondering if Ms Sturgeon will cope “being unable to preach to the nation”.
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Another added: “Jeez how will I cope. Seriously the briefings are redundant now and should only be held when there is fundamental changes that need to be discussed.
“A daily ‘nag fest’ is not what the population needs. You’re governing a country, get on with that.”
A third person remarked: “Please. Don’t rush back. We can get all the info we need from the news in the evening without hearing you point scoring during our lunch.”
Several supporters praised the First Minister, saying that she deserved a break.
One tweeted: “I find the Daily Briefings very useful and always tune in. Always feel reassured watching them that we have a compassionate and considered FM.”
Another fan of Ms Sturgeon simply tweeted: “Thank you for looking after me Nicola Sturgeon.”
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