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Coronavirus / New case of coronavirus detected in isles

A LOCAL person living in Shetland has tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the isles’ tally of confirmed cases to 57.

It is the first time since 11 August that a new Shetland case has been reported by the Scottish Government.

NHS Shetland said contact tracing is now underway.

Consultant in public health Dr Susan Laidlaw said: “The individual concerned approached us for a test which came back positive. This person and their household are now all self-isolating.

“We have worked with them to identify possible contacts who might be at risk and we are working through that list.”

Dr Laidlaw said that anyone identified as a contact would be phoned by the contact tracing team and would be required to self-isolate for 14 days as a precaution and get tested if they developed symptoms.

“Contacts will be given information and advice to help them self-isolate,” she said.

“It is important to note that, if a contact gets tested and has a negative test result, then they must still isolate for the full 14 days. We are taking all necessary steps to contain the spread of the virus but it is vital people follow the FACTS guidance to prevent Covid gaining a foothold in Shetland.”

It comes on the same day a new test and protect mobile app was released in Scotland to aid the contact tracing process.

New restrictions on gatherings have also been announced by first minister Nicola Sturgeon.

If you have Covid symptoms, you can book a test by filing in the referral form on the NHS Shetland website.