A NUMBER of personnel at the Faslane base have tested positive for Covid-19, it has been confirmed.

The Royal Navy confirmed there is an outbreak at the HMNB Clyde site, but would not say how many people were involved.

It added those who have tested positive for the virus are now under medical supervision, while several others are self-isolating.

A spokesperson for the Navy said: "We can confirm that a number of personnel at HMNB Clyde have tested positive for Covid-19 and are under medical supervision.

"Personnel identified as having been in contact with those who have tested positive are self-isolating in line with established health guidelines."

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Yesterday NHS Highland reported an increase in positive cases with 98 confirmed, a record daily rise for the region.

The health board confirmed the outbreak at the base was linked to the sudden increase but stressed it is contained to the site.

Dr Tim Allison, the health board’s director of public health, commented: "We understand that there are many interactions between this establishment and the local community.

"However, we would wish to emphasise that while there have been a small number of cases over recent months in people who work on the site and live locally, there are no cases in the wider community directly linked to this current outbreak.

"We also recognise that, over the last few weeks, the Helensburgh and Lomond locality has had a higher rate of infection than the rest of Argyll and Bute and we have been monitoring this closely."