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Coronavirus: first confirmed case in Scotland

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The total number of cases diagnosed in the UK is 36

The first case of coronavirus was confirmed in Scotland after a patient was diagnosed with having recently traveled from Italy, the government said.

The patient from the Tayside area tested positive and was receiving treatment in isolation in the hospital.

Details of the people they have been in contact with since they returned to the UK are collected.

Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Scotland is well prepared for a significant outbreak.”

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Swabs are tested and identified in the coronavirus test lab at the Royal Infirmary in Glasgow

The total number of cases diagnosed in the UK is 36.

Health officials said Scotland is “well equipped to deal with infections of this type”.

Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Catherine Calderwood, said: “We have a proven track record of handling unfavorable health issues and have been preparing for this possibility since the outbreak in Wuhan began.

“This is the peak season for respiratory and flu-like illnesses.

“There will be people who experience symptoms of acute respiratory disease, but these cases are highly unlikely to be coronavirus (COVID-19).”

The government said the virus contracts through close face-to-face contact or spends more than 15 minutes within two meters of an infected person.

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Sturgeon chaired a Scottish government resilience committee meeting on Sunday evening and is expected to attend the British government’s Cobra meeting chaired by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday.

There have been a total of 698 negative tests in Scotland since the outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

Health officials need to start testing some people with flu-like symptoms for the virus even if they haven’t visited the affected areas.

Sturgeon said: “Our first thoughts must be with the patient diagnosed with coronavirus, I wish them a speedy recovery.

“Scotland is well prepared for a significant coronavirus outbreak but there is currently no treatment or vaccine.

“Early detection measures will continue to be vital to help prevent the spread of the virus.”

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