A new cluster of eight positive Covid cases has been identified in North East Glasgow which includes pupils from Bannerman High School.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said all the cases were experiencing mild symptoms. 

The Bailleston school re-opened today but none of the affected pupils attended as they are self-isolating at home.

Test and protect staff are contacting anyone who may be affected and the health board said there was no added risk to the wider community.

Health and local environmental health staff are working closely with the school and a number of other local businesses to contact trace any close contacts of the cases and appropriate advice is being advice given to these individuals.

Close contacts are being advised to self-isolate and being given appropriate advice.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said no further details will be released at this time to respect the privacy of those affected.

Dr Linda de Caestecker, Director of Public Health, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: 

“We want to reassure local people and businesses that this cluster of cases of COVID-19 is being thoroughly investigated and managed by the NHSGGC Public Health Protection Team.

“An NHSGGC-led assessment group working with Glasgow City Council met today to undertake a risk assessment and provide advice to the school and other settings the cases visited.

“None of the cases are experiencing anything but mild symptoms and to maintain patient confidentiality we are unable to give any further information on the cases. 

"Each of these cases is being managed and followed up in detail, and all of them are isolating at home.

“Anyone affected will be contacted through the Test and Protect service. 

"We want to reassure the wider community and especially pupils and teachers returning to school that there is no added risk due to this cluster."

Local MP and former pupil David Linden said: "This afternoon I've spoken with the school and I am speaking to NHSGGC to understand better the details surrounding this cluster.

"First and foremost, public safety is the number one priority and I am reassured that all pupils who tested positive did not attend school today.

"I will continue to work with the education authorities and the health board to ensure this situation is managed and that parents can have confidence in sending their children to school."