Coronavirus case confirmed at Dalry nursery in Edinburgh

The news was revealed in a letter to parents at the school.

Wednesday, 26th August 2020, 7:00 am

Pupils at a school in Dalry, Edinburgh, have been told to self-isolate for 14 days after a child in its nursery tested positive for coronavirus.

In a letter sent to parents at Dalry Primary School late last night, NHS Lothian confirmed that pupils who had been in direct contact with the infected child had been notified and would be staying at home for the next two weeks.

One parent at the school, who wished to remain anonymous, said she was “obviously worried” about the news.

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In a letter sent to parents at Dalry Primary School late last night, NHS Lothian confirmed that pupils who had been in direct contact with the infected child had been notified and would be staying at home for the next two weeks.

She said she was informed by officials via text message just before 11pm on Tuesday evening.

The full letter written to parents, signed by public health medical consultant Dr Richard Othieno, maintains that the school would remain open for all other students.

“Dear Parent/Carer,” it reads, “There has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school nursery.

“Children who have been in direct contact with the confirmed case have been contacted and will be staying at home for 14 days.

“The school remains open,” it continues, “and if your child has not been contacted then they should continue to attend school if they remain well.”

Last week Kingspark school in Dundee reported an outbreak of coronavirus, with 27 people, including 21 members of staff, two pupils and four community contacts testing positive for the virus.

Yesterday the Scottish government confirmed that there had been 44 newly confirmed cases of Covid-19 across Scotland in the preceding 24 hours, bringing the total to 19,921.

The news came as Education secretary John Swinney announced new rules on mandatory face masks in school, following changes in the guidance issued by the World Health Organisation.

It means secondary school pupils in Scotland will have to wear face coverings in corridors, communal areas and on school buses from Monday 31 August.

Mr Swinney told the BBC's Good Morning Scotland programme: “From August 31, young people over the age of 12 in secondary schools should be habitually wearing face coverings when they’re moving around in schools and corridors and in communal areas where it is difficult to deliver the physical distancing.”

Scottish government statistics show that a total of 10,665 Scots pupils were absent from classes last Friday (August 21) for reasons related to Covid-19 – missing either all or part of the school day.

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