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Coronavirus UK update live: Latest news as 22 cases linked to Dundee school outbreak

22 coronavirus infections linked to Dundee school

NHS Tayside has confirmed 22 cases of Covid-19 linked to a school in Dundee.

Kingspark School has been ordered closed and all staff and pupils have been told to self-isolate for 14 days.

In a statement, NHS Tayside said: “Detailed contact tracing of all positive cases continues and as a consequence two further school sites have been identified in Dundee. Further urgent guidance has been issued to these associated school sites to ensure all public health measures and precautions are taken.”

These sites are St Peter and Paul’s School and Happy Times out-of school club at Downfield Primary School. There was a single case found at each one.

“Please be reassured that if you have not been contacted individually, your child has not been identified as a contact of the case, and they can continue to attend school and undertake other activities as normal,” NHS Tayside said.

Dr Ellie Hothersall, a consultant in public health medicine at NHS Tayside, added in the statement: “Since the identification of positive cases at Kingspark, a detailed contact tracing programme has been under way and these linked cases are being identified because of those concerted efforts of Test and Protect.

“We must do everything we can to protect all of our communities against Covid-19 and that is why we have issued the guidance to self-isolate. By taking this action we are containing any further spread of infection.

“We know that this may cause anxiety to some parents and children but we must do everything we can to ensure we keep people safe.”

The news comes as ministers in Westminster attempt to persuade parents and teachers that it is safe for schools in England to reopen next week.

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