SHETLAND’s latest two confirmed cases of Covid-19 are both linked to outbreaks at Scottish universities, NHS Shetland confirmed on Sunday.
It comes as the total number of confirmed cases rose by one to 62 on Sunday. A second weekend case was confirmed yesterday (Saturday).
Meanwhile, the Scottish Government said health boards across the country had recorded 956 new cases during the last 24 hours with no new deaths recorded. However, the number of people in hospital with confirmed Covid-19 cases continues to rise.
NHS Shetland public health professor Shantini Paranjothy confirmed that both weekend infections were people currently not living in Shetland and linked to the outbreaks at universities.
“In recent weeks this pandemic has hit institutions of higher learning. Many of our younger folk have been caught up in this and, although they are not in Shetland at the moment, they are still part of our community,” she said.
NHS Shetland is asking the community to continue to follow government guidance to avoid any possibility of infection.
Anyone with a new cough, fever and loss of taste or smell should self-isolate immediately and request a Covid-19 test.
“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,” professor Paranjothy said.
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