Potential Covid-19 cluster in Lanarkshire


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The outbreak entails a name centre which carries out coronavirus contact tracing for Public Health England, the BBC understands

A possible cluster of Covid-19 instances is being investigated in North Lanarkshire, well being officers have confirmed.

BBC Scotland understands the outbreak entails a name centre which carries out coronavirus contact tracing for the NHS.

One worker mentioned they believed no less than seven colleagues had examined optimistic.

NHS Lanarkshire mentioned it was conscious of a lot of “potentially linked cases”.

  • Second every day bounce in Covid-19 instances

Dr David Cromie, NHS Lanarkshire guide in public well being drugs, mentioned: “We grew to become conscious this morning [19 July] of a lot of probably linked instances of coronavirus (Covid-19) in Lanarkshire.

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

Earlier, the Scottish authorities mentioned 23 new instances of Covid-19 had been detected throughout Scotland in the previous 24 hours, though solely three of those have been in the Lanarkshire well being board space.

It follows a rise of 21 new instances on Saturday – the very best every day determine in virtually a month.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon mentioned it was nonetheless a low variety of instances and fluctuation was “to be expected”.

The proportion of optimistic checks stays properly under 1%.

Health officers had earlier mentioned they didn’t consider they have been coping with a linked cluster as the brand new instances this weekend which appeared in the official statistics have been unfold over a big space of Scotland.