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Coronavirus / Health board confirms new case of Covid-19

A NEW case of Covid-19 linked to travel off Shetland has been confirmed.

NHS Shetland said the contact tracing process has taken place.

The public health team continues to urge everyone to follow all the guidance about social distancing and avoiding crowded areas, wearing face coverings, good hand and respiratory hygiene, and ensuring people self-isolate and book a test if feeling unwell.

The specific symptoms to look out for are a fever, a new persistent cough or a loss of taste or smell.

The health board said travel in and out of Shetland should be avoided unless it is essential for work or healthcare purposes.

The new regulations that came into force last Friday mean that it is now an offence to travel to level three and four areas in Scotland or other parts of the UK unless you have a reasonable excuse.

If you cannot avoid travel and have come back to Shetland from a higher level area, please do not make any non-essential visits or undertake social activities for 14 days after your return to make sure you do not put people around you at risk.

NHS Shetland said keeping transmission levels low is “critical for protecting vulnerable people in the community, keeping healthcare services from being overwhelmed in the winter months and also helping Shetland stay at level one so we can continue to have less restrictions in our daily lives than many other parts of Scotland or the UK”.