Scotland should plan for ‘significant outbreak’

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Scotland should prepare for a “significant outbreak” of coronavirus, the first minister has said.

Nicola Sturgeon said there remained just one confirmed case in Scotland, but warned future cases were likely in the “days to come”.

A patient from the Tayside area was diagnosed on Sunday after recently travelling to Italy.

They are “clinically well” and being treated in hospital as a precaution, officials said.

The patient is currently in isolation and details of people they have been in close contact with since returning to the UK are being gathered.

They are not being treated in an NHS Tayside hospital, the health board said.

Ms Sturgeon said the patient had followed the correct protocols by reporting their concerns over the phone and self-isolating before they were admitted to hospital.

Ms Sturgeon said: “It remains the case today that we have one confirmed case in Scotland to the patient from Tayside. That was confirmed last night.

“It is, however, important to be very clear that we would expect to see further cases confirmed in the days to come and it’s also important to be clear that we are planning for the likelihood of a significant outbreak of coronavirus in the weeks to come.”

The first minister added that as more patients were confirmed they would not be admitted to hospital unless there was a “clinical need”.

There have been a total of 698 negative tests in Scotland since the outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

Read more at BBC News

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