Nicola Sturgeon has revealed she has tested positive for Covid-19.

The First Minister tweeted she had been experiencing mild symptoms on Friday evening, and returned a positive result after taking a test.  

She will work from home over the next few days and told followers she would “hopefully” be back out and about later next week.

She tweeted: "Unfortunately I’ve tested positive for Covid this evening after experiencing mild symptoms.

"In line with @scotgov guidance, I’ll work from home over next few days, and hopefully be back out and about later next week."

The First Minister met Sinn Fein vice president and First Minister designate of Northern Ireland, Michelle O’Neill, at Bute House earlier on Friday.

Ms Sturgeon returned from a visit to the US this week where she had issued a warning over climate change.

She addressed the Brookings Institute and met US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in Washington DC.

It is the thought to be the first time Ms Sturgeon has contracted Covid-19, which has infected millions across Scotland and has been linked to almost 15,000 deaths. 

The Herald:

Ms Sturgeon during a vaccination appointment in June last year

Sinn Fein vice-president Michelle O’Neill tested negative for Covid-19, following her meeting with Scotland’s First Minister.

A Sinn Fein spokesperson said: “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.”

Nicola Sturgeon has been fully immunised against Covid-19, and has repeatedly called on others to get a jab and protect themsleves against the virus. 

SNP colleagues including Westminster Leader, Ian Blackford, sent their get well wishes.

MP for Glasgow North East Anne McLaughlin and Minister for Women’s Health, Maree Todd have wished her a speedy recovery.

Ms McLaughlin said: “This is just to get out of making me coffee, isn’t it?”