Nicola Sturgeon virus update as cases continue to rise across Scotland

Pupils test positive at three schools

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Health chiefs are probing a coronavirus outbreak among pupils from three schools in the Forth Valley area.

Test and Protect contact tracers have been called in to Larbert High School, Stenhousemuir Primary and Banchory Primary School in Tullibody.

NHS Forth Valley says that evidence suggests that the sick youngsters caught the bug outside of the education hubs.

It is not known how many students have tested positive for Covid-19 but all affected pupils are now self-isolating at home along with their families.

Dr Jennifer Champion, Public Health Consultant, NHS Forth Valley, said: “Apart from those who have been identified as close contacts, all other staff and pupils can continue to attend these schools as normal and do not require to self-isolate or book a test.

“We have seen a recent concerning rise in cases across Scotland, including in Forth Valley, and it’s therefore important that we all stick to the guidelines to stop this virus spreading any further or faster in our local communities.

“This includes physical distancing and limiting the number of people you have contact with. “No more than 8 people from a maximum of 3 households should gather indoors at a time and no more than 15 people from a maximum of 5 households should gather outdoors at a time and this includes meeting up with friends and families in pubs, restaurants or other venues.”

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