Scotland

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tests negative for Covid-19

Scotland's first minister has tested negative for Covid-19 after being notified that she had been in close contact with someone with the virus.

Nicola Sturgeon had gone into self-isolation on Sunday after being contact traced by NHS Test and Protect.

However she has now said that her own PCR test has come back negative - meaning she no longer needs to isolate, as she has had two doses of vaccine.



Cases doubling weekly after restrictions eased

Covid cases in Scotland have roughly doubled every week since restrictions eased, leading to an increase in hospital admissions.

More than 500 people with Covid-19 are in hospital and case numbers hit a record high at the weekend.

National clinical director Prof Jason Leitch said the NHS was stretched and elective surgeries could be delayed.