Fury has risen after painters carried out work in Nicola Sturgeon's official ­residence despite the ban by her own Government.

A whistleblower told the Daily Record how a squad was sent into Bute House in Edinburgh for several days last week.

The move was branded a “slap in the face” to ordinary people abiding by the lockdown rules, which forbid non-essential work.

A Scottish Government spokesman last night admitted work was carried out but claimed it was for essential work on the ceiling.

This month, the Scottish Government issued guidelines on tradespeople, home repairs and working in someone else’s home.

They said: “The ­coronavirus regulations require that work carried out in someone else’s home for the maintenance, upkeep or functioning of the home must only be carried out where it is essential or where that house is unoccupied.

“People must not go into other people’s houses for that type of work where it is not essential."

It comes as 89 more deaths were recorded overnight with 1, 636 new cases in Scotland. Over 2,000 Scots are in hospital.

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Crown office investigating 474 Scots care home over covid deaths

Cases of Covid-linked deaths are being investigated at more than 450 care homes in Scotland, it has been reported.

According to the BBC, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service's dedicated Covid-19 Death Investigation Team (CDIT) is probing the circumstances of coronavirus-related deaths in 474 care homes across the country.

The CDIT was set up in May after Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC said all confirmed or suspected coronavirus deaths in care homes should be reported to the Crown Office, as well as deaths of people who may have contracted the virus at work.

The team had reportedly received 3,385 death reports as of Thursday, with a majority of those believed to be linked to people who lived in care homes.

Nicola Sturgeon's official residence Bute House decorated by painters despite lockdown

Painters carried out work in Nicola Sturgeon’s official ­residence despite the ban by her own Government.

A whistleblower told how a squad was sent into Bute House in Edinburgh for several days last week.

The move was branded a “slap in the face” to ordinary people abiding by the lockdown rules, which forbid non-essential work.

The insider said: “A contractor carried out the work on behalf of Historic Environment Scotland, who were working on Nicola ­Sturgeon’s Bute House residence.

“They needed a significant amount of paint to get the job done."

A Scottish Government spokesman last night admitted work was carried out but claimed it was for essential work on the ceiling.

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