COVID-19: First Minister Nicola Sturgeon freed from self-isolation after negative PCR test result

Scotland’s first minister is no longer self-isolating after producing a negative PCR test result.

Nicola Sturgeon said on Sunday evening she would self-isolate pending a PCR result after being identified as a close contact of someone who had COVID-19.

On Monday morning, the SNP leader said her test was negative, and as she had her second vaccine dose in June, she no longer has to self-isolate.

Under coronavirus rules, double-jabbed adults and all children can avoid self-isolation if they are a close contact of someone with COVID so long as they are symptomless and provide a negative PCR test.

“Relieved to report that my PCR test is negative,” Ms Sturgeon posted on social media.

“Coupled with fact I’m double vaccinated – with second dose more than 2 weeks ago – that means I no longer need to isolate.

“I’ll still be doing regular LFD tests as added precaution [though] – and encourage everyone else to do likewise.”

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.

On Sunday, 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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