Rutherglen school pupils won't return to the classroom at the beginning of February.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said current COVID restrictions and the 'Stay at Home' message will be extended until at least the middle of February.

She said the "reluctant" decision had been taken to keep schools and nurseries closed until at least mid-February also.

There will be a review on February 2.

Education Secretary John Swinney had suggested it would be a "tall order" for pupils to return to classrooms on February 1.

The majority of pupils are learning remotely from home and only some children of key workers and vulnerable pupils being allowed into school buildings.

Today's review comes less than a week after lockdown restrictions were tightened with some click and collect services ordered to close and take-aways not allowed to serve customers inside their premises.

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The number of new cases reported each day on average has begun to fall, but the number of people in hospital with the virus continues to rise and is now "significantly" above that seen in the first wave in 2020.

Speaking in the Scottish Parliament Ms Sturgeon said the pressure of the NHS remained "severe" and we remain in a "precarious position" despite cases "stabilising" and "even declining" in places.

She said: "School buildings and nurseries have been closed to most children since the start of term, and we indicated previously that the earliest possible date for a full return to school premises was 1 February," says the first minister.

"Our reluctant judgement at this stage is that community transmission of the virus is too high - and is likely to remain so for the next period - to allow a safe return to school on the 1st of February."

The cabinet decided today that - except for vulnerable and key worker children - school and nursery premises will remain closed until mid-February.

"We will review the situation again on 2 February and I hope we can set out then a firmer timetable for getting children back into school."

She added: "If it is at all possible, as I very much hope it will be, to begin even a phased return to in-school learning in mid-February, we will.

"But I also have to be straight with families and say that it is simply too early to be sure about whether and to what extent this will be possible."

Today's figures show 1165 new positive cases of COVID across Scotland , 1989 people in hospital - 150 of those in ICU- and 71 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours.

As of Monday in total, 30,031 cases of COVID-19 have now been registered in Lanarkshire since the first positive cases were confirmed in March last year.