Glasgow City Council has said they will not be closing any schools at the moment despite rumours on social media about a positive coronavirus case.

A post on Facebook suggested that pupils at a Glasgow school had tested positive for coronavirus.

The Glasgow Times, however, understands that the local authority has received no confirmation of confirmed cases from Health Protection Scotland as of yet.

A spokeswoman for Glasgow City Council said: "We are aware of rumours relating to the school on social media platforms. The school will open as normal in line with the most up to date advice that we’ve been given today from public health.

"If any child or staff member has developed a new continuous cough and/or a fever/high temperature in the last seven days, they should stay at home for seven days from the start of their symptoms even if they think their symptoms are mild.

"We will continue to reinforce the importance of thorough handwashing in school and during lessons."

Authorities have said children do not seem to be severely affected by the virus and shutting schools would also pose childcare problems for parents including medical staff.

Scotland's chief medical officer Dr Catherine Calderwood said if all schools were to shut it would need to be for a minimum of three months to "really suppress the spread of the virus in these types of institutions."

Speaking at a briefing in Edinburgh she said: "The thought that children would not mix together for three months is impossible and we therefore risk having children congregating in other areas together, the virus spreads again so we actually have measures put in which are ineffective in keeping the virus from people."

She added: "Talking about closing schools for two weeks, it's very very clear from the science that that is not a scientific way to either prevent the spread of this virus or indeed to protect vulnerable people.

"It's the length of time that is absolutely key."

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon added: "We are not saying that we're ruling out a more blanket approach to this at a later stage if that is advised as being something that would be effective."