Nicola Sturgeon tests positive for COVID | Political news

Nicola Sturgeon has tested positive for coronavirus.

Scottish Prime Minister said she experienced mild symptoms on Friday evening and will continue to work from home for the next few days.

“Unfortunately, I tested positive for covid tonight after experiencing mild symptoms,” she tweeted.

“As per Scottish Government guidelines, I will be working from home over the next few days and hopefully be back later next week.”

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Ms Sturgeon met Sinn Fein Vice President and Northern Ireland First Minister-designate Michelle O’Neill at Bute House earlier on Friday.

Ms O’Neill later confirmed she had tested negative for COVID-19, following the meeting with the Scottish First Minister.

A Sinn Fein spokesperson said: “Michelle O’Neill tested negative for COVID-19 this evening following her meeting with Nicola Sturgeon today but will also be tested tomorrow as a precaution.

“She will also be limiting her contacts in the coming days. We wish Nicola Sturgeon a speedy recovery.”

Ms Sturgeon’s positive infection comes as COVID cases in Scotland continue to fall.

The Office for National Statistics estimated that 122,000 people had COVID in the week ending May 13.

It is the eighth straight weekly decline and the lowest number of cases since before Christmas, when cases spiked due to the spread of the Omicron variant.

Public health restrictions such as social distancing and wearing face masks were lifted, and as of May 1, guidelines for people with COVID symptoms were to stay home.

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