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Following the announcement that a patient resident in Tayside has been the first person in Scotland diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19), Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP has urged all constituents to follow the advice being issued by health providers.

Ms Cunningham said:

”The Scottish Government’s Chief Medical Officer had advised last week that it was highly likely that we would see a positive case in Scotland.  That has now come to pass and I wish that individual a speedy recovery.  

“I know that the fact that the person who has been diagnosed is resident in Tayside will make this outbreak feel very much closer to home for my own constituents but there is no need for panic about this disease.  It is, however, important to be aware of the steps that can and should be taken to prevent further spread and to protect vulnerable people from infection.

“Members of the public have a vital role to play in helping contain any outbreak by following the latest health and travel advice, and by following basic hygiene precautions, such as washing your hands well and covering their nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing – things we should all be doing anyway!

“If you have returned from any of the areas of the world where the virus is particularly prevalent, or have been in contact with someone who has, and are experiencing symptoms, contact your GP, NHS 24 or the helpline – but do so by phone, do not go in to the surgery.

“Up to date information can be obtained online at the website.”


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Anyone who develops relevant symptoms, however mild, within 14 days of returning from mainland China, South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand should self-isolate at home immediately and call their GP or NHS 24 (111) if their surgery is closed.

Those who have been to other parts of northern Italy (anywhere north of Pisa, Florence and Rimini), Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar or Vietnam since 19 February and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if symptoms are mild) should self-isolate at home immediately and call their GP or NHS 24 (111) if their surgery is closed.

It is further advised that those who have been to Hubei Province in China, Iran, lockdown areas in northern Italy or special care zones in South Korea since 19 February – even if there are no symptoms – should remain at home for 14 days, avoid having visitors and don’t go to work, school, public places or use taxis or public transport. Phone the free helpline on 0800 028 2816 if any symptoms start to develop.

A dedicated advice line for people in Scotland who have concerns but are not displaying symptoms is in operation on 0800 028 2816.


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