A nurse at Glasgow's Beatson cancer centre has tested positive for coronavirus, according to reports.

The breast care specialist nurse at the leading centre, based at Gartnavel, is understood to now be in isolation at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital - reports the Daily Record

Her contion is not yet known.

A staff member at the cancer centre told the paper: “We are not allowed to use masks unless a patient shows signs of having the virus or is confirmed as having Covid-19.

“This doesn’t protect us or the patients.”

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The staff member said that even when symptoms are shown or a diagnosis made, they are told to use only paper masks, not the water-resistible ones which are recommended.

The Record reports that patients who found out about the infected nurse have been contacting the centre, worried about whether or not they should turn up for treatment.

A spokesperson for the Greater Glasgow & Clyde Health Board said: “We completely understand this is an anxious time for people working in the NHS and want to reassure our staff that their welfare is paramount as we deal with the Covid-19 situation.”

It added that it followed the guidance on the virus from Health Protection Scotland in terms of appropriate PPE for staff and said: “We are unable to confirm information of any Covid-19 cases within Greater Glasgow and Clyde.”

Earlier, Nicola Sturgeon confirmed the number of people who died with coronavirus has risen by six overnight to 22. 

Meanwhile 51 people across the country are being treated in intensive care.