Three new cases of coronavirus confirmed in Scotland, including second in Grampian
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CHIEF Medical Officer for Scotland Dr Catherine Calderwood has confirmed a further three patients in Scotland have tested positive for COVID-19 – including a second in Grampian – bringing the total number of cases to six.
The patients are currently clinically well and are receiving appropriate clinical care.
The patients are from the Forth Valley, Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Grampian areas.
All three new cases are contacts of known cases.
Scotland's Chief Medical Officer Dr Catherine Calderwood said: "With all these cases, our thoughts are with those diagnosed and their families. Scotland is well equipped to deal with this kind of infection and we are doing everything we can to contain the virus at this stage and minimise the risk to the public.
"Clinicians are now conducting contact tracing, the process of gathering details of the places those who have tested positive visited and the people they have been in contact with.
"Close contact involves either face-to-face contact or spending more than 15 minutes within two metres of an infected person.
"The risk is very low in situations where someone may have passed a patient on the street or in a shop.
"Health protection teams will contact those who are at risk from the current cases – those who are not contacted are not at risk.
"We can all play our part to limit the spread of the virus by washing our hands frequently for 20 seconds as well as always carrying tissues and using them to catch coughs and sneezes, then putting the tissue in a bin, and don’t touch your face.”
Up to date information on the virus in Scotland can be found here.
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