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Coronavirus / Number of local Covid-19 cases continues to rise

WITH YET another local case of Covid-19 confirmed by NHS Shetland on Thursday the total number of coronavirus cases has now risen to 65.

The latest case has been identified in a local person who lives in Shetland. The case is not linked to the two cases tested positive last week, the health board said.

NHS Shetland also confirmed that a second person had been admitted to the Gilbert Bain Hospital with Covid-19 complications yesterday (Wednesday), but was able to be discharged the following afternoon.

However, the first patient admitted at the weekend with respiratory problems caused by the virus, remains in the hospital. Their condition is improving, the health board confirmed.

Consultant in public health medicine professor Shantini Paranjothy reminded the community once again that the virus is present in isles and could cause significant illness.

She appealed to everyone to take care by avoiding crowded places and maintaining a physical distance of two metres from anyone outside one’s home environment.

“This virus is very infectious and to keep safe we must all follow the FACTS guidelines. If you develop symptoms, don’t delay in getting a test.” To do this visit the NHS Shetland website and fill in the test request form.

Meanwhile, first minister Nicola Sturgeon said nationally there were 1,712 new cases of Covid-19, and 17 additional deaths linked to coronavirus

The number of people in hospital continues to rise and stands at 928, with 74 in intensive care.