COVID scare in Sturgeon: The First Minister has been obliged to self-isolate due to a coronavirus scare.
After a “close contact” was proven to have COVID-19, NICOLA Sturgeon was compelled to self-isolate and is awaiting the results of a PCR test.
The news broke this evening, just hours after she warned of Scotland’s “increasing curve of cases.”
“I’ve received information tonight that I’ve been identified as a close contact of someone who is positive for Covid,” Scotland’s First Minister later tweeted. As a result, and in accordance with the rules, I’ll be self-isolating pending the results of the PCR test.
“I want to express my gratitude to all of the contact tracers who work so hard for NHS Test & Protect.”
Ms Sturgeon’s announcement comes on the same day that Scotland set a new high for new coronavirus infections, with 7,113 people testing positive for the first time.
The record for new infections has been broken for the third time in a week, as the Scottish Government cautioned that the situation is “fragile” and that more limitations could not be ruled out.
The number of new instances has more than doubled in a week, albeit the figure reported on Sunday includes some tests performed more than 48 hours earlier owing to system backlogs and delays.
For the ninth day in a row, the number of patients in hospital with recently confirmed coronavirus infections has increased, reaching 507, with 52 in intensive care.
In the last 24 hours, another 17,655 immunizations had been administered.
There were 3,233 initial doses and 14,422 second doses, for a total of 4,101,311 and 3,655,287 doses, respectively.
“We are seeing a growing curve of cases in Scotland,” she tweeted earlier today.
“It’s good to know that immunizations are averting the kinds of major health problems that cases like this used to cause.
“However, we can’t afford to be complacent, so we’re keeping a close eye on things. Please take care in the meantime.”
She also asked people to adopt a list of “reasonable precautions,” which she tweeted:
“The case numbers continue to be a source for worry, and our current situation remains fragile,” a Scottish Government spokesman said.
“As the First Minister stated in her speech last week, it is critical that everyone contributes to preventing the virus’s spread by following key public health measures.
“Those who are eligible and have not yet gotten vaccinated should do so as soon as possible because it is the single most critical thing we can do to keep each other safe.”
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