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Scotland could begin easing its coronavirus lockdown measures from the end of May.

People might be allowed to meet up with someone from another household, visit garden centres and participate in some sports, Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

The first minister said changes to the lockdown restrictions could be made “within days” of the next review date on 28 May if the country continues to make progress against the virus.

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She also announced an expansion in testing to anyone over the age of five with coronavirus symptoms.

The Scottish government will publish a “route map” for the route out of lockdown on Thursday.

Speaking at Scotland’s latest coronavirus briefing in Edinburgh, Ms Sturgeon said: “Within a few days of [28 May], we will aim to allow, for example, more outdoor activity such as being able to sit in the park, meet up outdoors with someone from another household as long as you stay socially distant, some limited outdoor sporting activities like golf and fishing, the opening of garden centres and recycling facilities, and the resumption of some outdoor work.”

There will also be more information on when schools might open, and what the reproduction rate of the virus is.

“Within two weeks, my hope is that we will be taking some concrete steps on the journey back to normality,” Ms Sturgeon said.

“As I’ve said before, it won’t be normality as we knew it because the virus will not have gone away but it will be a journey to a better balance – I hope – than the one we have today.”

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There is currently no change to Scotland’s lockdown advice, the first minister said.

Scotland’s coronavirus response has often differed to the government in London’s response, with Ms Sturgeon taking a stricter approach on some measures.

While England’s advice for citizens was changed from “stay at home” to “stay alert” in recent days, the Scottish government is sticking with the former message.

In Scotland, 2,105 people have died after testing positive for coronavirus, up two from 2,103 yesterday.

Death registrations tend to be lower over the weekend, but this is still significantly lower than the number of deaths in England, which announced 170 deaths on Sunday.

A total of 14,594 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Scotland, while there are 1,427 patients in hospital with confirmed or suspected cases.

Of these, 63 are in intensive care.

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