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Stirling politicians are urging people to be vigilant over the local COVID cluster

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The two Stirling SNP politicians, MP Alyn Smith and MSP Bruce Crawford, are urging members of the public to be careful after NHS Forth Valley confirmed a coronavirus cluster in the area.

Test and Protect teams in the area have already contacted people who haven’t been in contact with close contacts of five people who have been confirmed with the virus.

Along with that, they have been helping local businesses in Stirling, Dunblane, and Bridge of Allan and to ensure compliance with public health guidelines.

The public are asked to remember FACTS:

• Face coverings in enclosed spaces

• Avoid crowded places

• Clean your hands and surfaces regularly

• Two-metre social distancing

• Self-isolate and book a test if you develop coronavirus symptoms

Bruce Crawford MSP said: ‘Recent developments in the Forth Valley area shows just how easily this virus can spread, given half the chance. The risk to the general community from this cluster remains low, as Test and Protect teams have swiftly been in touch with close contacts of the infected individuals, and have visited any affected premises. 

‘I give sincere thanks to our public health professionals, who are keeping us all safe with their important work.’

Alyn Smith MP said: ‘As life has slowly begun to re-open, it was always a possibility that clusters of COVID-19 would emerge. It remains vital that these incidences are caught early, that close contacts are established and asked to self-isolate. Test and Protect has leaped into action, and the risk to the local community at large from this cluster remains low.

It’s vitally important we all remember to stick to the public health guidance. Physical distancing, frequent hand washing and use of sanitizer, and the wearing of masks when appropriate all play a role in protecting our collective health.’

The risk to the wider public remains low, and if resident have not been contacted by Test and Protect teams there is no need for further action at this stage.

Additionally, residents are being urge to continue to follow national guidance set out be health authorities, while also playing their part to reduce the spread of the virus.

Image credit: Stirling SNP

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