Nicola Sturgeon has to self-isolate after being pinged by Covid close contact

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (centre) and Scottish Green Party co-leaders Patrick Harvie (left) and Lorna Slater (right) at Bute House, Edinburgh (Jeff J Mitchell/PA) (PA Wire)
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (centre) and Scottish Green Party co-leaders Patrick Harvie (left) and Lorna Slater (right) at Bute House, Edinburgh (Jeff J Mitchell/PA) (PA Wire)

Nicola Sturgeon is self-isolating after being identified as a close contact of someone who has Covid-19.

Scotland’s first minister said she will be self-isolating pending a PCR test result.

Ms Sturgeon tweeted: “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.”

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaking at a coronavirus briefing at St Andrews House in Edinburgh (Jeff J Mitchell/PA) (PA Archive)
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaking at a coronavirus briefing at St Andrews House in Edinburgh (Jeff J Mitchell/PA) (PA Archive)

It came as Scotland recorded another record number of new coronavirus cases, with 7,113 people testing positive for the first time.

It is the third time in a week the record for new infections has been broken, as the Scottish Government warned the situation is “fragile” and said further restrictions could not be ruled out.

New cases have more than doubled in a week, although the figure released on Sunday includes some tests taken more than 48 hours ago due to backlog and delays in the testing system.

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.

A further 17,655 vaccinations were carried out in the past 24 hours.

Of those, 3,233 were first doses and 14,422 were second doses, taking the totals to 4,101,311 and 3,655,287 respectively.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon 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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