Coronavirus: Scotstoun sports campus after rugby player gets virus

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Scotstoun leisure centre is one the busiest in the country

One of the largest leisure complexes in Glasgow has temporarily closed after a Scotland women's rugby player tested positive for coronavirus.

Scotstoun sports campus did not open on Saturday while a "deep clean" began.

Officials said the woman who tested positive had been using facilities at the campus over the past week.

The Scotland women's squad were also at the stadium on Friday but their Six Nations match against France in the venue was cancelled hours later.

Billy Garrett, of Glasgow Life which runs the campus, told BBC Scotland it would reopen when public experts said it was safe.

He said they were alerted to the issue by Scottish Rugby late on Friday night and they took the decision on public health advice.

The decision to close was not taken lightly and he hoped to reopen in a "matter of days", he added.

Mr Garrett said staff and people who have used Scotstoun's sports facilities should follow existing public health advice.

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Scotland Women trained at Scotstoun Stadium on Friday before Saturday's match was called off

Scottish Rugby said the player is being treated in a healthcare facility but is "otherwise well".

Seven members of the Scotland playing and management staff are in isolation.

The match was due to take place at the Scotstoun stadium on Saturday.

A total of 16 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Scotland. They are among 206 cases in the UK.

Two people have died after contracting the virus in England. Both had underlying health issues.

Among those affected by the closure of the leisure centre were children due to take part in weekend gymnastic classes and swimming lessons.

In an email from Glasgow Life, families were told that the decision to temporarily close the facility was taken in the "interests of the safety of staff and public".

"In conjunction with, and on the advice of, the appropriate public health agencies, we will reopen when it is deemed safe to do so," it said.

"The safety of everyone who uses or works at Scotstoun is our absolute priority and it will remain closed while we take appropriate cleaning measures.

"It will only reopen when appropriate public health agencies deem it safe."

Scotstoun sports campus is also home to the National Badminton Centre and the Scotstoun squash centre.

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