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Coronavirus / NHS Shetland confirms more new Covid-19 cases

THE TOTAL cumulative number of Covid-19 cases in Shetland has risen to 60 after three more cases were confirmed over the last 24 hours.

One of the three new cases was already reported yesterday (Friday) when it emerged that a pupil at Whiteness primary school had tested positive.

The news comes as the Scottish Government confirmed 350 new cases across the country, or 5.3 per cent of newly tested individuals.

NHS Shetland said that all three new cases were being followed up. There are no known links between the individuals.

Public health consultant Dr Susan Laidlaw.

Consultant in public health Dr Susan Laidlaw said these “seemingly unrelated new cases” were proof that Covid-19 is in the community.

She acknowledged the community’s “commendable efforts” to keep it at bay, and urged people to continue to follow all the guidance with regards to social distancing, wearing face masks where required and practicing good respiratory and hand hygiene.

“These are the best measures we have for combatting the spread of the virus, and it is up to all of us as individuals to do our best to prevent rising numbers by taking all the necessary precautions,” she said.

Anyone identified as a contact of a confirmed case will be spoken to by the contact tracing team and will be required to self-isolate for up to 14 days as a precaution (depending on when their contact with the case was) and get tested if they develop symptoms.

Contacts will be given information and advice to help them self-isolate. 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 period, NHS Shetland said.

Anyone with Covid symptoms can book a test by filling in the referral form on the NHS Shetland website at www.shb.scot.nhs.uk/ (click ‘self refer for Covid test if you have symptoms’)

There is more information at: www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19 and at www.parentclub.scot/topics/coronavirus

Covid symptoms:

  • New loss or change in sense of taste or smell
  • New fever
  • New continuous cough