Clydebank’s MP has urged the public to be vigilant in response to the coronavirus outbreak and stay up-to-date on government guidance.

Martin Docherty-Hughes said the coming weeks will be challenging but he stressed everyone had a role to play in limiting the spread of the virus and helping look out for others, especially older and vulnerable people who are most at risk.

He added: “Locally, people are doing the right thing and following the official government guidance on hygiene and self-isolation at home which is based on the scientific advice of the chief medical officer.

“These are worrying times for many, and that’s understandable. However, it’s important to stress that for those who do get infected the vast majority will only experience mild flu-like symptoms and recover fully.”

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Mr Docherty-Hughes said reports of panic-buying at supermarkets were concerning, but added: “We’re assured on the resilience of food supply chains in the weeks ahead, so people should only buy what they need so others aren’t left without daily essentials.

“There appears to be a lot of misinformation being shared online, especially on social media.

“My advice is to be vigilant and follow the official medical guidance which is updated regularly on the website or call the coronavirus health advice line on 0800 028 2816.”

Catherine Calderwood, chief medical officer, said Scotland was well-prepared for a significant outbreak of coronavirus but there was currently no treatment or vaccine.

She added: “People have a vital role to play in helping us contain any outbreak by following the latest health and travel advice, and following basic hygiene precautions, such as washing hands frequently, not touching their face and covering their nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.”