Covid cases at 13 schools and nurseries in Fife as pupils and staff test positive
NHS Fife confirmed that a significant number of positive tests had been confirmed as pupils and staff returned to classrooms.
A total of 19 individuals associated with the schools have caught the virus – as several cases emerged in Kirkcaldy.
NHS chiefs confirmed there had been outbreaks at schools in Methil, Cowdenbeath, Kelty, Cupar, Lochgelly and Ballingry as the killer bug continues to spread.
At all affected schools five or more people have been forced to self-isolate due to the positive tests.
Test and Protect teams are currently working to trace anyone else who may have become infected.
Fife locals who fear they may have contracted the virus have been urged to get a test urgently.
NHS Fife said: “Weekly information is now being published on Covid-19 cases connected to nurseries and schools in Fife.
“These updates list where a case has occurred in pupils or staff who are attending the school, and where five or more school contacts have been required to isolate after contact tracing has taken place.
“Where less than five potential contacts have been identified, these cases will not be included for reasons of pupil/staff confidentiality.”
They added: “Following the earlier confirmation of a cluster of COVID-19 cases associated with the school, a total of 19 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19.
“NHS Fife’s Health Protection Team are continuing to work alongside Fife Council’s Environmental Health and Education services to reduce the opportunity for further transmission.
“Anyone with the well-established symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of how mild, should immediately self-isolate and order a test on the NHS inform website.”
We told last night how virus cases in Scotland are rising – and have now been worse than the rest of the UK for a fortnight.
Experts warned that politicians on the campaign trail ahead of the May 6 Holyrood election must make clear it is not “business as usual” after the increase.