Nicola Sturgeon urges covid figures ‘caution’ after UK Government lab delays

The First Minister urged the UK Government to resolve the processing issue at a Glasgow lab as soon as possible.

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Nicola Sturgeon has urged the UK government to resolve a processing delay in covid test results.

The First Minister said Sunday’s coronavirus figures should be “treated with caution” after the processing issues.

In a tweet, she wrote: “Today’s figure for positive Covid cases should be treated with some caution due to a processing delay within the UK lab system.

“@scotgov is liaising with the UK government to understand and resolve this as quickly as possible. I will give update at daily briefing tomorrow.”

Sunday’s figures released by the Scottish Government show there were 0 deaths recorded overnight in Scotland and 316 new cases.

But the delay in test results has created a false picture and the government is warning there could be a spike in case numbers as testing catches up on Monday and Tuesday.

A statement on the Scottish Government website earlier on Sunday said: “We were notified late last week of a testing capacity issue with the UK Government Lighthouse facility in Glasgow.

“This has meant around 64,000 tests from across the UK, including Scotland, will be rerouted this weekend to other testing sites in the UK and Northern Ireland, including tests from our physical testing sites, for example Regional Tests sites.

“It is important to note that the majority of these tests are still well within the 24 and 48 hour timeframe for results albeit we do expect to see an increase in the level of positives on Monday and Tuesday when the results are reported.”

A total of 703 people are currently being treated in hospital for Coronavirus in Scotland with 62 in intensive care.

Despite rising case numbers, football fans ignored Nicola Sturgeon’s plea not to travel south of the border to watch the Old Firm match at English pubs.

Hundreds of Celtic and Rangers fans gathered to drink pints while the rival clubs battled it out at Parkhead stadium.Cumbria Police officers and dog handlers were visible on the streets to make sure there was little chance of disruption associated with the Glasgow derby happening in their area.

Most of the visitors were from Scotland’s central belt – which is in the middle of a 16-day lockdown to slow down the spread of Covid-19.

Licensed premises in the area were ordered to remain closed, leading to fans scrambling to make arrangements to watch the match, in other locations.

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