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Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross self-isolating after Covid contact

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Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross is self-isolating after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for Covid – a day after he was in the Scottish Parliament to discuss Scotland’s road out of lockdown

  • Found out today someone he was in contact with on Monday tested positive
  • He was already at Holyrood this morning when he got the news
  • Shut himself in his office before moving to Edinburgh hotel to isolate 
  • Four other Scottish Conservative MSPs and five members of staff being tested
  • Two MSPs from another party have also been advised to do so, Tories said

Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross is self-isolating today over Covid fears – a day after he attended the Scottish Parliament. 

Mr Ross was informed this morning that someone he was in contact with on Monday had tested positive, the Conservatives said.

He was already at Holyrood this morning when he got the news and shut himself in his office before returning to an Edinburgh hotel room to isolate. 

Four other Scottish Conservative MSPs and five members of staff will take coronavirus tests as a precaution, while two MSPs from another party have also been advised to do so.

Mr Ross was in the socially distanced Parliament chamber yesterday as leader of the opposition as Nicola Sturgeon outlined a ‘pause’ to the easing of Scotland’s lockdown. 

Mr Ross was in the socially distanced Parliament chamber yesterday as leader of the opposition as Nicola Sturgeon outlined a 'pause' to the easing of Scotland's lockdown.

Mr Ross was in the socially distanced Parliament chamber yesterday as leader of the opposition as Nicola Sturgeon outlined a ‘pause’ to the easing of Scotland’s lockdown.

Mr Ross was informed this morning that someone he was in contact with on Monday had tested positive, the Conservatives said.

Mr Ross was informed this morning that someone he was in contact with on Monday had tested positive, the Conservatives said.

In a statement the Scottish Conservatives said: ‘Douglas Ross is self-isolating after coming into contact on Monday with someone who has now tested positive for Covid. 

‘He was informed that a close contact had tested positive this morning by text message at approximately 8.40am, by which time he was already in the Scottish Parliament.

‘The Scottish Parliament authorities were informed immediately and their guidance sought on how to proceed, during which time Douglas remained in his parliamentary office.

‘Parliament informed the Scottish Conservatives of options available to Douglas, since he has not yet been contacted by Test and Protect.

‘Douglas has decided that the safest approach is to immediately self-isolate in the Edinburgh hotel he has been staying in. He will be getting a test as soon as possible. The hotel were informed that he would be arriving to self-isolate.

‘Five members of staff and four MSPs are also planning to take Covid tests as soon as possible, purely as a precaution. 

‘A further two MSPs from another party have also been informed that they may wish to take a test as a precaution.’

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