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Millions of people in Scotland have moved into lower restriction levels despite an overall rise in coronavirus cases being identified.

Many areas in the north and south of mainland Scotland moved from level two to level one at midnight.

Glasgow's move to level two allows people to meet in each other's homes for the first time in nine months, and drink alcohol in pubs and restaurants.

Level zero restrictions apply to Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles.

However, 13 council areas with a combined population of 2.3 million people in the central belt of the country, including Edinburgh, remain in level two rather than moving down to level one as had been planned.

The whole country is due to move to level zero on 28 June but the prevalence of the Delta variant, first detected in India, may delay that.


Infections have more than tripled in the past month with Friday's 992 new cases being the highest figure reported since 17 February.

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Despite the rise, Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles have become the first areas of Scotland to reach level zero since the system was introduced in October.

It means larger groups of people are allowed to meet up outdoors and indoors.

Raymond Hutchison, from the St Ola Hotel in Kirkwall, said the move was a welcome boost to businesses on the islands.

He told BBC Scotland: "What's more exciting for me is that we've got into level zero now at the start of June.

"So does that mean we can get to the next level, which is what we need, as early as the end of the month? That would be fantastic."

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