A further 51 people have died due to coronavirus in Scotland overnight, Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed

In the last 24 hours, there have been 1,225 fresh infections, with 1,125 people currently in hospital and 90 being treated in intensive care for Covid-19.

It comes as the four UK nations agreed a plan for the festive period.

Christmas gatherings will be set at eight people over 12 years old in Scotland - and households should stay two metres apart indoors, according to new official guidance.

The Scottish Government published the details for special relaxed rules over the festive break between December 23 and 27.

Sturgeon agreed the basic UK-wide plan but urged caution and wants to keep gatherings to a minimum.

The total number of people is eight, and social distancing is encouraged between different groups - making Christmas dinner round the table a challenge.

Scots are also warned to avoid sharing cutlery and dishes.

Sturgeon previously spoke exclusively to the Daily Record on Scotland’s fight against child poverty amid the global pandemic.

The Fist Minister told the Daily Record what the Scottish Government is doing to protect vulnerable families.

She said: “Tackling child poverty is a key priority for the Scottish Government.

“The need to take action has come into even sharper focus this year, as we respond to the Covid-19 virus, doing everything we can to keep people safe from its effects.

“Even though there is now hope on the horizon in the form of vaccines, for many families and children this year has been a challenge – and the coming months will be tough.