Nicola Sturgeon self isolating after contact with Covid case

Scotland’s first minister is self-isolating after being identified as a close contact of someone who has Covid-19.

Nicola Sturgeon said she will remain in quarantine until she gets the result of a PCR test.

Under coronavirus rules in Scotland, double-vaccinated adults and all children can avoid self-isolation even if they are a close contact of someone with coronavirus so long as they do not have symptoms and provide a negative PCR test.

PCR tests look for the genetic material of the virus and are sent off to be examined in a laboratory. They are more accurate than the rapid tests which can be done at home and look for the presence of specific proteins.

The First Minister had her second dose of a coronavirus vaccine in June.

She tweeted this evening: ‘I’ve had notification tonight that I’ve been identified as a close contact of someone who is positive for Covid.

I’ve had notification tonight that I’ve been identified as a close contact of someone who is positive for Covid. Accordingly, and in line with the rules, I’ll be self-isolating pending a PCR test result. My thanks to all the contact tracers working so hard in NHS Test & Protect.

‘Accordingly, and in line with the rules, I’ll be self-isolating pending a PCR test result.

‘My thanks to all the contact tracers working so hard in NHS Test & Protect.’

Scotland has recorded another record number of new coronavirus cases, with 7,113 people testing positive for the first time, according to Scottish Government figures published on Sunday

The number of patients in hospital with recently confirmed coronavirus infections has also risen for the ninth consecutive day, reaching 507, with 52 in intensive care.

Earlier Ms Sturgeon urged people to follow health advice and take sensible precautions to keep themselves and others safe.

She tweeted: ‘We are seeing a rising curve of cases in Scotland.

‘It’s reassuring that vaccines are preventing the levels of serious health harms that case numbers like this would once have caused.

‘However, we can’t be complacent and are monitoring carefully.

‘In meantime, please take care.’

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