Positive tests at care home caused Covid-19 case numbers rise

Nicola Sturgeon said the cases were found at a care home in Glasgow.
A rise in Covid-19 cases was traced to an outbreak in a Glasgow care home.A rise in Covid-19 cases was traced to an outbreak in a Glasgow care home.
A rise in Covid-19 cases was traced to an outbreak in a Glasgow care home.

The steep rise in new cases of Covid-19 in Scotland announced on Sunday were partially due to asymptomatic cases in Glasgow, the First Minister said today.

Speaking at her daily coronavirus briefing, Nicola Sturgeon said seven of the 19 confirmed new cases of Covid-19 announced on Sunday were connected to a single care home in Glasgow.

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She said 12 in total were connected to the city, with the seven care home cases all asymptomatic, meaning no-one was experiencing symptoms.

The update followed a similar spike in new cases on Friday which had seen 18 new cases recorded by the Scottish Government.

Ms Sturgeon said: “I think it is perhaps worth noting that on both Friday and on Sunday we saw higher numbers of new cases than has been the norm in recent weeks.

"Yesterday, 19 new cases were reported and on Friday it was 18.

"On any occasion where there is an increase like that, I want to give an assurance that we look very very thoroughly to see if there are any patterns or particular causes for concern.

"With respect to the 19 cases reported yesterday, we know that 12 of these cases were in Glasgow and seven of those, all of which were asymptomatic cases, related to one single care home.

"Now that is being looked at in much more detail and all necessary follow-up tests, checks and precautions are being undertaken.”

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