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Coronavirus / Latest Covid-19 case recorded by NHS Shetland not linked to isles

THE NUMBER of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Shetland rose by one to 61 on Saturday.

However this latest case has not been contracted in the isles as the person concerned is not living in Shetland but is registered with a local health practice.

The rise in the local statistics comes as 1,000 new cases of Covid-19 were reported across Scotland. Six people who have tested positive have died during the last 24 hours, while a total of 432 people confirmed positive are hospitalised.

NHS Shetland said that although the latest case was not linked to the isles it was important to remain vigilant and to continue to follow government guidance to avoid any possibility of infection.

NHS Shetland public health professor Shantini Paranjothy said: “We have been fortunate recently not to have had cases in Shetland, however, the situation across Scotland is serious and we appeal to our community to take care.

“It is essential that we all follow the government guidelines by limiting physical contact with others as much as possible. Covid-19 is easily spread and the best way to avoid contracting it is to follow the FACTS guidelines.”

Anyone with a new cough, fever and loss of taste or smell should self-isolate immediately and request a Covid-19 test.

To book a Covid-19 test in Shetland visit the NHS Shetland website and fill in the online Covid-19 test request form.