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St Gerardine Primary School pupil negative for Covid-19 after retest


By Jonathan Clark

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A MORAY primary school pupil who was thought to have Covid-19 has now tested negative for the virus.

A P1 pupil at St Gerardine Primary School in Lossiemouth tested positive for coronavirus yesterday, with all primary one pupils and some staff members told to stay home yesterday and today.

St Gerardine Primary School in Lossiemouth. Picture: Eric Cormack
St Gerardine Primary School in Lossiemouth. Picture: Eric Cormack

However, after a retest, it has been confirmed this afternoon that the test provided a false positive – and the child does not have the virus.

All pupils will return to school tomorrow.

Moray Council said they understand the situation has caused "anxiety and concern".

MORE: St Gerardine's pupil tests positive for covid-19 .

A spokesperson said: “Following a retest, NHS Grampian's Health Protection Team (HPT) has advised us the individual concerned does not have Covid-19.

“The child’s family has been advised by Test and Protect and therefore there is no reason for them to be isolating.

“The HPT has advised there is no continuing need for primary one children to self-isolate and they may return to school tomorrow.

“We appreciate that this situation has caused anxiety and concern and hope this news will reassure parents and carers that children have not been in contact with a case of Covid-19 within the school.

“The Head of Education and the HPT have praised the schools ongoing Covid-19 risk control measures and we are committed to keeping children as safe as possible whilst at school.”

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