51-year-old Sturgeon, Chair of the Scottish National Party, announced on Twitter that she had been notified by the National Health Service Test and Protect, Scotland’s local tracking system.

Published: August 30, 2021 16:28 |

Last updated: August 30, 2021 4:28 PM

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LONDON: The head of the decentralized Scottish government in the UK, First Secretary Nicola Sturgeon, is self-isolating after being identified as a close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Sturgeon, 51, leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) announced on Twitter on Sunday that she had been notified by the National Health Service (NHS) Test and Protect, Scotland’s local tracking system.

She said that she would self-isolate pending a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test in accordance with current guidelines in the region.

“I received a notification tonight that I had been identified as a close contact with someone that is positive for Covid. Accordingly, and in accordance with the rules, I will self-isolate until a PCR test result is available. Thanks to all the contact tracers who worked so hard on the NHS & Protect test, “said Sturgeon.

Under the coronavirus rules, double-vaccinated adults and all children can avoid self-isolation if they are in close contact of a person with coronavirus as long as they are symptom-free and present a negative PCR test.

Meanwhile, Scotland saw another record number of new coronavirus cases, with 7,113 people testing positive on Sunday.

So did the number of Hospital patients with recently confirmed infections rose to 507 for the ninth straight day, including 52 in intensive care.

Previously, Sturgeon had urged people to follow health warnings and take reasonable precautions to protect themselves and others.

She tweeted: “We’re seeing a rising fall curve in Scotland. It’s comforting that vaccines are preventing the level of serious health damage that case numbers like this would have caused earlier.

Infections at the UK level have also remained high, with government numbers recording another 33,196 coronavirus cases and 61 deaths for Sunday.

The numbers compare to 32,406 COVID-19 cases and 133 deaths reported on Saturday and 31,914 new cases and 49 deaths this time last week.

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