Additional resources are being put in place to ensure contact tracers can reach the target of carrying out checks on 20% of Scots required to quarantine after overseas travel.
Nicola Sturgeon said the move should mean the target can be achieved by about October 5.
The First Minister was pressed on the issue after figures from Public Health Scotland showed coronavirus contact tracers have so far tried – and failed – to contact 1,129 people coming into Scotland from countries on the quarantine list.
The most recent figures, for the week ending September 20, show 12,386 travellers arriving in Scotland were required to quarantine, with staff from the National Contact Tracing Centre getting in touch with 312 of them.
But there were 258 people who they attempted to reach but were unable to contact.
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie challenged Ms Sturgeon on the issue at First Minister’s Questions, asking when the target of contacting 20% of those required to quarantine would be met.
“When is the Government going to get on top of the quarantine spot-checks,” he asked.
Ms Sturgeon responded: “Additional resources are being applied to this, I think by October 5 the resources will be doing the full 20%.
“Let me remind Willie Rennie, everybody coming into the country from quarantine places are emailed, so there is contact with 100%.”
She also said that as the summer holiday season has ended, the number of people telling contact tracers they have recently been abroad is reducing.
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