Test and Protect

The Scottish government’s new “test and protect” strategy will go live on Thursday, the first minister has confirmed.

Ms Sturgeon said the scheme will mean anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 should take “immediate steps” to be tested.

They and their household should then self-isolate until the results of the test are known.

If the test is positive, people will need to provide the details of everyone they have had close contact with.

These people will then be contacted by specialist tracers, and will also need to self-isolate.

Ms Sturgeon stressed that self-isolation means only leaving the house if it is for a coronavirus test – and not for exercise or to get food or medicine.

The new scheme will be introduced in all of Scotland’s health board areas on the same day as the country’s lockdown restrictions are due to be eased.

The first minister explains that if you test positive you will be asked for details of people you have been in contact with.

The definition of a contact is:

  • people within your household
  • people you’ve had face-to-face contact with
  • people you’ve been within 2m for a period of 15 minutes or more.

The first minister insists: “Your privacy will be respected at all times during this process.”

The first minister said the new scheme would be crucial in limiting the spread of coronavirus as the country begins to open up again.

And she said it should not be looked on as being optional – with everyone needing to play their part to ensure it is successful.

A public awareness campaign will start later this week, with further information being delivered to every household in the country next month.

Dr Gregor Smith, he interim chief medical officer, says even if that result comes back negative, a person must continue to isolate for 14 days because a negative result at one point in time does not mean they will not go on to develop symptoms later in the two-week window

More detail will be added when confirmed.

Source: BBC News