Coronavirus: New cases linked to test and trace call centre workers

The majority of new coronavirus cases in Scotland are in Lanarkshire following an outbreak at a local call centre, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Of 22 fresh positive results, 14 were in Lanarkshire.

The first minister told her daily briefing "at least some of them" were linked to the Sitel call centre in Motherwell which was carrying out Test and Trace for NHS England.

She will chair a Scottish government resilience meeting later.

It will consider the latest situation in Lanarkshire and any further action that may be required.

"These figures are a sharp reminder that the virus is circulating in Scotland and a reminder that if we allow it to, it will spread rapidly in social settings or workplaces," she said.

Ms Sturgeon also announced that children aged under five will be eligible for coronavirus testing from Wednesday.

There have been no further deaths from Covid-19 in Scotland.

Public Health Scotland said on Monday that eight people had tested positive for coronavirus at the contact tracing centre in Motherwell.

"Almost all" of their close contacts have been traced, the agency added.

The office has been closed and Sitel has asked that all staff who were working at the site get tested.

One call centre employee has raised concerns about staff breaching social distancing rules in communal areas while taking their breaks.

Ms Sturgeon said the government had an expectation of business and employers that they would make sure that the advice was "followed rigorously".

It was necessary for the protection and wellbeing of their own staff but also to avoid further workplace clusters, the first minister added.

She said steps would be taken to "reinforce that expectation" with NHS England and other companies in Scotland. Read More – Source

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