First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has praised Council staff for their response to the COVID-19 outbreak at the 2 Sisters factory in Coupar Angus.

Speaking at her daily briefing on Monday 25 August, Ms Sturgeon said the response to the crisis by agencies including Perth & Kinross Council had been crucial in preventing widespread community transmission.

She said: “At this stage there is still no evidence of wider community transmission from this outbreak and that of course is positive, given the scale of the outbreak we have been dealing with.

“I want to thank everyone who is involved in managing it. It’s a huge amount of work that is being done and let me thank also, employees at the factory – and their households – who of course are now self-isolating.

“Let me stress how important it is that people in those households do self-isolate for the entire period advises and that is until Monday 31 August.”

There are now 156 confirmed cases of Covid-19 connected to the factory.

All workers at the plant and their families are currently required to self-isolate until 31 August, even if they have tested negative for Coronavirus.

The only reason affected staff can leave their homes is to get tested.

Council officers have visited 715 homes across Perth and Kinross last week to deliver food parcels, provide information on self-isolation in a number of languages and to carry out basic welfare checks.

In addition, 665 enhanced welfare checks have also taken place.

Our customer call centre is also helping individuals who contact them apply for financial assistance such as crisis grants. An out-of-hours phoneline is also available.

Food deliveries will be made to hundreds or households today and tomorrow to assist staff, who will also receive more detailed information on testing, self-isolation and available support.