First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tests negative for Covid-19

The SNP leader was notified on Sunday that a close contact had tested positive for coronavirus.

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Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that she has tested negative for Covid-19.

The First Minister on Sunday said that she would self-isolate pending a PCR test result following notification of a close contact having tested positive for the virus.

However, in an update on Monday morning, Sturgeon said she had received a negative test result.

It means that the First Minister will no longer be required to self-isolate, as, combined with the negative result, she was also double vaccinated over a fortnight ago.

She added, however, that she would still be doing regular lateral flow tests as an added precaution.

On Twitter, Sturgeon wrote: “Relieved to report that my PCR test is negative.

“Coupled with fact I’m double vaccinated – with second dose more than two 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.”

On Sunday, the record for new infections in Scotland was broken for the fourth time in the space of a week.

A total of 7113 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the latest statistics, with the Scottish Government warning that the situation is “fragile”.

People have been urged to ensure they get fully vaccinated and observe key public health measures, whilst the re-imposition of Covid restrictions has not been ruled out.

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