THE Scottish Government has confirmed a person in Forth Valley has tested positive for Coronavirus.

Three people were confirmed this morning to have COVID-19, taking the total number of cases in Scotland to six.

All three individuals are contacts of known cases.

The other two new confirmed patients are in Greater Glasgow and Clyde and the Grampian area.

According to the Scottish Government, all three patients are currently clinically well and are receiving appropriate clinical care.

The first Scottish case was confirmed to be in the Tayside area, while yesterday, March 4, two more cases were confirmed in the Grampian area and Ayrshire area.

Dr Catherine Calderwood, Scotland’s chief medical officer, 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.”

Meanwhile, officials at Forth Valley College have confirmed that the member of staff that had been in self-isolation has been given the all-clear.

A spokesperson said: “We can confirm that a member of staff based at Forth Valley College’s Stirling Campus who was in self-isolation, has tested negative for Coronavirus.

“However, we will continue to take our responsibilities seriously in relation to the ongoing Coronavirus situation.

"We are taking guidance and advice from the Scottish Government and the local health protection team in regards to safeguarding our staff, students and visitors.”

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