Fife Council has been hit with dozens of staff absences as coronavirus cases spike across the country. 

As of Friday, December 17, a total of 223 employees were recorded as being absent from work due to a Covid related absence.

These figures include all positive diagnosed cases, symptomatic, and household symptomatic cases where employees are isolating. 

This equates to 1.3% of the council headcount. 

A Fife Council spokesperson confirmed that the absence rates were not affecting services right now as there were detailed contingency plans in place for teams to cover departments that are short. 

A spike in covid cases is affecting businesses and organisations across the country. 

ScotRail have cancelled 15 services across the Fife Circle line on Monday as staff isolate. 

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