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Nicola Sturgeon tests positive for Covid following meeting with Michelle O'Neill but Sinn Féin deputy leader says she is negative

Scottish First Minister and SNP party leader Nicola Sturgeon. Picture by Jane Barlow/PA Wire

SINN Féin vice-president Michelle O'Neill has tested negative for Covid-19, following a meeting with Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who confirmed this evening that she tested positive for coronavirus.

The leaders had held talks earlier today at the Scottish first minister's Bute House residence in Edinburgh.

Ms Sturgeon announced that she had tested positive for Covid on social media, saying she was experiencing "mild symptoms" and would follow Scottish government guidance to work from home for the next few days.

The SNP leader this week returned from a visit to the US, where she addressed the Brookings Institute and met US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in Washington DC.

A Sinn Féin spokesperson said tonight: "Michelle O'Neill has tested negative for Covid-19 this evening following her meeting with Nicola Sturgeon today, but will also be testing tomorrow as a precaution.

"She will also be limiting her contacts in the coming days. We wish Nicola Sturgeon a speedy recovery."

Earlier, Ms O'Neill had tweeted: "Delighted to meet Scotland’s First Minister in beautiful Edinburgh. The historic bonds between Scotland & the island of Ireland go back centuries."

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