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01/03/2020 19:56 GMT | Updated 02/03/2020 08:43 GMT

First Case Of Coronavirus Confirmed In Scotland

A Tayside resident who recently travelled from Italy has tested positive, the Scottish Government has said.

The first case of novel coronavirus has been confirmed in Scotland after the patient recently travelled from Italy, the Scottish Government has said.

The person, who has not been named but is said to be from Tayside, has been admitted to hospital and is currently receiving treatment in isolation.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon chaired a Scottish Government Resilience Committee meeting on Sunday evening.

Earlier, 12 more people in England tested positive for coronavirus as Boris Johnson said the government was prepared for the spread of the disease to continue.

The latest cases bring the total number in the UK to 36 – of which 33 have been found in England. 

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 outbreak of coronavirus but there is currently no treatment or vaccine.

“Early detection measures will continue to be vital in helping to prevent the spread of the virus.

“People have a vital role to play in helping us contain any outbreak by following the latest health and travel advice, and following basic hygiene precautions, such as washing hands frequently, not touching their face and covering their nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.”