Primary school forced to close due to Covid outbreak

Crossmichael Primary in Castle Douglas was forced to close days after pupils returned from the summer holidays.

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A primary school in Dumfries and Galloway has been forced to close following an outbreak of coronavirus. 

Pupils at ​​Crossmichael Primary in Castle Douglas had just returned to class following the summer holidays when the school was forced to close.

Eight members of staff are self-isolating following the outbreak, leaving insufficient numbers of staff to keep the school open. 

Primary one to seven has been affected by the closure, along with nursery classes, catering facilities and the school club. 

It is expected that the school will reopen on Thursday at 7am. 

The closure comes as Scotland recorded its highest number of daily confirmed coronavirus cases since the pandemic began.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on Tuesday that ten more coronavirus-linked deaths and 4323 cases were recorded in the past 24 hours.

It takes the death toll under the daily measurement – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – to 8080.

She told a Scottish Government coronavirus briefing the daily test positivity rate is 14.5%, up from 12.4% the previous day.