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Coronavirus / Two fishing crew members being treated at Gilbert Bain for Covid-19

TWO crew members of a foreign fishing vessel are being treated in the Gilbert Bain Hospital for Covid-19 as well as other unrelated issues.

The positive results are reflected in the Scottish Government’s daily Covid update, bringing Shetland’s total cumulative tally to 73.

NHS Shetland’s consultant in public health Dr Susan Laidlaw said contact tracing was underway as the men had interacted with some local residents in moving between the ship and the hospital.

“Covid is highly contagious and can come into our community through many different routes. It is very important that if any of us show any symptoms (fever, cough, loss of taste or smell) that we book a test immediately,” Dr Laidlaw said.

She added that to protect Shetland’s position in level one of the Scottish Governent’s tiered system of restrictions “we must all work together and abide by the guidance so that we do not pass this virus on”.

To book a Covid-19 test visit the NHS Shetland website and follow the “self-refer” button.