A NUMBER of local people have been asked to self-isolate as NHS Shetland deals with two new confirmed cases of Covid-19.
However, as one the cases involves a person who has been to Shetland as a visitor, the total number of confirmed cases within the local health board area rises by just one to 63.
Meanwhile, the total daily number of new cases across Scotland continue to rise rapidly with 1,429 new cases confirmed over the last 24 hours. Fifteen people have died since yesterday and the number of people in hospital has risen to 570.
NHS Shetland said the latest case added to the isles’ tally was a local resident, with the infection possibly associated with travel to the UK mainland.
NHS Shetland honorary consultant in public health medicine Shantini Paranjothy said these latest cases proved that the virus was present in Shetland.
“The situation on the mainland is serious and, while we are not yet facing the same volume of cases, we continue to be at risk in Shetland,” she said.
“The virus is highly contagious and avoiding crowded places and close contact with other people are the safest ways to avoid infection.”
Anyone with symptoms must request a test. To do this visit the NHS Shetland website and fill in the test request form.
Professor Paranjothy added that the community should take care and follow the FACTS guidelines.
Become a supporter of Shetland News
Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.
Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.
Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has over 450 supporters who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.
Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -
- Bring you the headlines as they happen;
- Stay editorially independent;
- Give a voice to the community;
- Grow site traffic further;
- Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.
If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.
Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.Support Shetland News