Coronavirus in Scotland: Almost 17,500 children were tested last week

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Nearly17,500 children were tested for coronavirus across Scotland over the past week – but only 49 were positive, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Demand for testing has increased “significantly” since pupils returned to schools earlier this month

But the first minister said the 49 children who tested positive last week was only two more than the previous week.

This was despite a 300% increase in the number of children who were tested.

Ms Sturgeon said this underlined that parents and teachers should not be “unduly concerned” about the return to school.

The total number of people who have tested positive for coronavirus in Scotland has now passed 20,000, with a further 68 positive results over the past 24 hours.

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