NICOLA Sturgeon has won praise from far and wide during the coronavirus crisis for her leadership of Scotland.

The First Minister has charted her own course during the pandemic, rejecting what she considered to be a more risky approach from Westminster, which opted to ease lockdown restrictions earlier in England.

The SNP leader has been commended for her clarity and authority, but has also shown a more human side in opening up about the emotional toll of the crisis.

As she set out the country’s route map out of lockdown today at Holyrood, Sturgeon was the subject of an outpouring of appreciation.

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The hashtag “ThankYouNicola” is trending on Twitter as scores of people expressed their gratitude to the First Minister.

Here are few of the best.

 Others contrasted Sturgeon's leadership with Westminster's. And it isn't just people in Scotland who have been impressed.