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Scotland's first minister is self-isolating after being identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.

Nicola Sturgeon revealed on Twitter on Sunday evening that she had been notified by NHS Test and Protect.

The SNP leader said that in line with the current guidelines, she would self isolate pending a PCR test result.

Ms Sturgeon also thanked the NHS Test and Protect contact tracers "working so hard" on the service.

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She said: "I've had notification tonight that I've been identified as a close contact of someone who is positive for Covid.

"Accordingly, and in line with the rules, I'll be self-isolating pending a PCR test result.

"My thanks to all the contact tracers working so hard in NHS Test & Protect."

The news came on the day that Scotland recorded a new record number of daily Covid cases.

I’ve had notification tonight that I’ve been identified as a close contact of someone who is positive for Covid. Accordingly, and in line with the rules, I’ll be self-isolating pending a PCR test result. My thanks to all the contact tracers working so hard in NHS Test & Protect.

— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) August 29, 2021
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The figure of 7,113 topped the previous high of 6,835, which was recorded on Friday.

The number of hospital patients rose to a total of 507, with 52 are in intensive care.

Ms Sturgeon said it was "reassuring that vaccines are preventing the levels of serious health harms that case numbers like this would once have caused".

Last week the first minister said the sharp rise in cases was a "cause for concern" – but that the Scottish government was not considering the introduction of a circuit breaker lockdown.

She stressed the importance of everyone "playing their part" in halting the spread of the virus.

She has said that the government cannot rule out the reintroduction of some curbs – but that no-one wants to "go backwards" to even limited restrictions.

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