By Bill Heaney
Hold the bus – and the trains as well, maybe. All is not as we thought it would be. Covid is not on the retreat.
And here were we wondering what it was going to be like to get out and about and do a bit of galivanting round the shops.
Reports are coming in that the number of Covid cases in Glasgow has risen further as the first minister prepares to announce if restrictions will ease in the city and in Moray.
The seven-day rate per 100,000 population in Glasgow is 80.4, while in Moray it has fallen to 68.9.
Three other council areas are also narrowly above 50 cases per 100,000, a key benchmark for deciding the appropriate tier of restrictions.
The Scottish government is due to announce its decision on Friday.
On Tuesday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, pictured above right, said Moray was likely to remain under level three Covid restrictions when the rest of mainland Scotland moves down to level two next week.
However, since then a growing number of cases in Glasgow has given cause for concern.
LATE NEWS FROM BBC SCOTLAND:
Glasgow and Moray will remain under level three Covid restrictions for at least another week, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.
She said the “difficult” decision to retain the existing regulations in Glasgow came after a rise in cases in the city.
It was previously warned that Moray was likely to remain in level three.
Ms Sturgeon said the situation in Glasgow was causing even more concern than Moray.
She said initial research suggested that the outbreak centred in the south side of the city was being driven by the Indian variant of the virus.
The first minister added that people were being asked not to travel in or out of Glasgow and Moray for the coming week, unless the journey was for permitted purposes.
The rest of mainland Scotland will drop down to level two next week, and most islands will be placed in level one.
Ms Sturgeon said: “It is inevitable that as we continue to navigate our way through this pandemic, we will hit bumps in the road.
“However, if we exercise suitable caution as we’re seeking to do today, then even though that is difficult, we are much more likely to stay on the right track overall.”