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Coronavirus outbreak in Scottish Covid-19 test and trace call center ‘leaves seven people sick’

Coronavirus outbreak in Scottish Covid-19 test and trace call center ‘leaves seven people sick’

  • An employee said they believed that at least seven colleagues had tested positive
  • Measures taken by the North Lanarkshire Health Council to quell an outbreak
  • The news comes when Scotland has registered 23 new confirmed cases of coronavirus

A potential cluster of coronavirus infections is being investigated in a Scottish Covid-19 test and trace call center.

The North Lanarkshire Health Council has taken steps to try to contain the outbreak.

An employee said they believed that at least seven colleagues had tested positive.

NHS Lanarkshire said it was made aware of “potentially linked cases” of Covid-19 infections in the area on Sunday.

A potential cluster of coronavirus infections is under investigation in a Scottish Covid-19 test and trace call center

A potential cluster of coronavirus infections is under investigation in a Scottish Covid-19 test and trace call center

Dr. David Cromie, NHS Lanarkshire Consultant in Public Health Medicine, said: “We were made aware this morning of some potentially related cases of coronavirus in Lanarkshire.

“We have taken some immediate measures to reduce the risk and are currently investigating the situation.”

The news comes now that Scotland has registered 23 new confirmed cases of coronavirus – the highest increase in nearly a month.

Another 27 people who tested positive for coronavirus died today in the hospital in Great Britain, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths during the pandemic to 45,300

NHS Lanarkshire said it was notified of 'potentially linked cases' of Covid-19 infections in the area on Sunday

NHS Lanarkshire said it was notified of 'potentially linked cases' of Covid-19 infections in the area on Sunday

NHS Lanarkshire said it was notified of ‘potentially linked cases’ of Covid-19 infections in the area on Sunday

Three of them were located in the Lanarkshire Health Board area.

This figure has now risen in each of the past five days – from three to Tuesday – although no further deaths from people with the disease have been recorded.

It is the highest record for new cases since June 21, when there were 26 positive test results.

Scotland’s National Clinical Director, Jason Leitch, previously said he would not be worried about fluctuating numbers when there were a peak of 21 new cases on Saturday.

He told BBC Scotland: ‘I expect daily variation and the next thing I’m looking at is spreading across the country.

“So 21 in a small town would worry me a lot more than 21 across the country – and these 21 are all over the country.”

Another 27 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died today in the hospital in Britain, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths during the pandemic to 45,300.

It comes after track-and-trace personnel fail to reach half of the people who have been in contact with Covid-19 patients in Blackburn – while the city is moving towards a local shutdown.

Professor Dominic Harrison – Blackburn’s public health director at Darwen Council – revealed the numbers and warned of “exponential growth” in new infections if the system were not to become more efficient.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4, he said the Lancashire area is facing an ’emerging tide’ of infections.

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