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The former leader of the Scottish Conservatives warned young adults had been “sacrificed most of all” with coronavirus restrictions. Her comments come as the First Minister announced a new lockdown in Scotland on Monday.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Ms Davidson said: “In Scotland, even basic fallbacks, such as online learning, have raised alarms, with Scotland’s Children and Young People’s Commissioner warning that closing schools poses a ‘serious risk to the well-being of children’, and that online learning is being provided ‘inconsistently’ across the country.

“The First Minister had to admit that over 20,000 laptops, destined for the digitally disadvantaged, had yet to be delivered, and those in remote and island communities would struggle where internet provision was poor.

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“But across the UK, the ways in which young people have been shafted have been particularly cruel and it is not just about the issues of school closures, the exam debacle and university lock-ins.

“The world of work for young adults has been perilous, too.”

She tweeted: “Being back in lockdown is really hard to take for everyone, but it is necessary to slow down this new strain of the virus while we get people vaccinated.

“Please – for your own safety, that of your loved ones and of the whole country: Stay at Home, Protect the NHS and Save Lives.”

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A legally-enforceable stay-at-home order will apply across mainland Scotland and Skye with people only allowed to leave home for essential reasons.

This includes shopping for food and exercise, exercise, caring for someone, or if you are part of an extended household.

People able to work from home must do so.

Those shielding should not go into work even if they cannot work from home.

Schools will be closed to most pupils until February 1 at the earliest, meaning an extra two weeks of home learning for youngsters.

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The number of people allowed to gather outside has been reduced to two from two households.

However children aged 11 and under are not included in this limit.

Places of worship must close but can open to broadcast a service or conduct a funeral, wedding or civil partnership.

Police Scotland Chief Constable Iain Livingstone confirmed there will be “increased patrols” in Scotland’s communities and warned officers will continue to act against anyone making “wilful breaches” of the law.

Shetland, Orkney, Western Isles and several other islands remain at Level 3 restrictions.

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