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Coronavirus / Another Covid case confirmed in isles

Health board is undertaking ‘extensive contact tracing’

A NEW case of Covid-19 has been confirmed in Shetland that is linked to the case identified earlier in the week.

NHS Shetland said it is working its way through an “extensive contact tracing process”.

The health board said this means there is “almost certainly transmission within the community so it is critical that people do all they can to adhere to the rules”.

It is understood the cases are based in the North Mainland, with NHS Shetland expecting more in the near future.

Alongside the FACTS guidance people are urged to act responsibly by considering how best to spend Christmas Day in a way that will protect the most vulnerable.

Everyone is asked to be alert to Covid-19 symptoms – “even if you think it is only a cold you should stay at home, and then if it develops into a fever, a new persistent cough or a new change in loss of taste or smell you should get tested”.

Public health principal Elizabeth Robinson said: “It really is essential that we keep transmission levels in Shetland to an absolute minimum.

“Unfortunately we cannot relax our guard even though it is a time of year when most of us would prefer to be with our extended family and friends.

“We have had a difficult year, but with the roll out of the vaccination programme there is renewed optimism for 2021. We need to stay patient and stay vigilant to allow time for our community to get through this as safely as possible”.