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Negative result for Moray school pupil after coronavirus retest

St Gerardine Primary School in Lossiemouth.
St Gerardine Primary School in Lossiemouth.

A primary school pupil in Moray has tested negative for coronavirus after concerns over the youngster’s health led to classes being cancelled.

The update comes after parents of P1 pupils at St Gerardine Primary School in Lossiemouth were asked to keep their children at home while the case was investigated.

In a letter shared by parents on social media on Sunday night, headteacher Claire Johnson said: “We have been informed this evening of a case of Covid-19 in primary one.

“We are working closely with the health protection team at NHS Grampian and our chief education officer to ensure all the necessary actions are taken.”

The school did remain open to other years and Moray Council has confirmed that P1 pupils will return to the classroom today.

A council spokeswoman 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.

“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 school’s ongoing Covid-19 risk control measures and we’re committed to keeping children as safe as possible whilst at school.”

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