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NICOLA STURGEON has been shut down the Treasury over her claims she would have been able to impose different coronavirus restrictions if Scotland was able to borrow more money.

PUBLISHED: 20:37, Wed, Sep 23, 2020 | UPDATED: 20:47, Wed, Sep 23, 2020

The First Minister announced last night that Scotland would be following Mr Johnson's advice on enforcing a 10pm curfew for pubs and restaurants. But Mrs Sturgeon also went one step further by preventing households from mixing indoors. She admitted during her daily coronavirus briefing that Scotland's restrictions were "tougher than other parts of the UK".

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Mr Sturgeon added that without the "financial limitations" imposed on Scotland, the decision made to have a hospitality curfew may have been "different".

But the Government has hit back at these claims by saying the Scottish administration has been given billions of pounds to help with the coronavirus pandemic.

A Treasury spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “Since the beginning of the pandemic the UK Government has provided billions of pounds of support both to the devolved administration in Scotland and directly to Scottish businesses and workers.

“We have given the devolved administration in Scotland an additional £6.5billion to cope with the pressures of the pandemic and we are supporting nearly half a million jobs in Scotland, down from a high of more than 930,000 at the end of July.

Nicola Sturgeon has been torn apart over her demands for extra COVID fundingNicola Sturgeon has been torn apart over her demands for extra COVID funding (Image: PA)

“Tomorrow afternoon the Chancellor will update the House of Commons on the Government’s plans to continue protecting jobs through the winter.”

Nicola Sturgeon explained during her briefing that the reasoning behind the 10pm curfew for hospitality is to "curtail the spread of the virus".

She said: "I wanted to return just briefly to the issue of hospitality because many of you may be amongst these people but many people ask me why we don't just close the pubs completely right now.

"And actually, that is not an unreasonable question.

READ MORE: Nicola Sturgeon admits 'real concern' as Scotland's COVID19 cases soar

The SNP leader said Scotland's restrictions wereThe SNP leader said Scotland's restrictions were "tougher than other parts of the UK". (Image: GETTY)

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