300 people tested positive for Covid, after taking part in protests outside the climate summit

After attending or demonstrating at the UN climate meeting COP26 in Glasgow last month, around 300 people tested positive for Covid.


According to an initial evaluation, at least 291 positive Covid-19 tests were connected to COP26-related activities.


Nicola Sturgeon, speaking at Holyrood on Thursday, said: ‘I can assure that there has been no indication of any major surge in cases related with Cop thus far.’


‘To reduce the possibility of Covid transmission, strict procedures were implemented.’

Nearly 300 people test positive for Covid after taking part in protests outside climate summit

‘Anyone approaching the major summit location, the Blue Zone, for example, had to show proof of a negative lateral flow test result.’


‘According to information released by Public Health Scotland earlier today, about four out of every 1,000 persons formally linked with Cop26 tested positive for Covid via normal lateral flow testing.’


‘All of this shows that the mitigations put in place were effective,’ said the First Minister.


‘I’d like to express my gratitude to delegates for their cooperation, as well as to everyone who worked tirelessly in the lead-up to and during Cop26 to provide the safest possible atmosphere.’

The data from Public Health Scotland (PHS) looked at how many individuals reported to Test and Protect that they had attended a climate summit-related event, such as seminars or protests outside Glasgow’s Scottish Events Campus.


Only four out of every 1,000 participants in the conference center tested positive for the virus, according to PHS.

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