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Coronavirus becomes notifiable disease in Scotland

Published: 22 Feb 2020 00:01

Public Health regulations updated.

Public health regulations have been amended in Scotland to make coronavirus (Covid-19) a notifiable disease.

The changes to the Public Health (Scotland) Act 2008 mean that medical practitioners are now required to share patient information with health boards if they have reasonable grounds to suspect a person they are attending has coronavirus.

The Chief Medical Officer has written to NHS Boards, medical practitioners and directors of diagnostic laboratories to make them aware of the changes.

There have been no positive test results for coronavirus in Scotland to date.

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said:

“Although all Scottish tests have so far been negative, we are prepared for the high likelihood that we will also see a positive case in Scotland.

“These changes keep our public health legislation up to date, ensuring the health service in Scotland can quickly respond, if a suspected case of coronavirus is confirmed.

“Our NHS is well-equipped to cope with any suspected cases. We are actively working with health boards to ensure this, and have well-rehearsed procedures in place for infections of this kind.”

 

Background

The new regulations will come into effect from Saturday 22 February 2020.

The latest numbers of test results are published at 2pm each day on the Scottish Government website.