IT was supposed to be Freedom Day, when everyone would hug their granny, or buy her a G&T to be consumed inside a pub (imagine!).

Yet while most papers this morning duly covered the reunion of the generations and other benefits of lockdown lifting, there was a note of caution that began to sound more like a klaxon as the day wore on. Was it possible that the spread of the Indian variant meant Covid restrictions were on the way back?

Glasgow and Moray already knew what it felt like to be kept in stricter lockdown while the rest of the country opened up, and now there is a suggestion that East Renfrewshire and Midlothian, where cases are also creeping up, might go the same way. A decision will be made towards the end of the week.

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