ELEVEN more islanders had positive Covid-19 test results returned yesterday evening and overnight, NHS Shetland confirmed this morning (Thursday).
This brings the total number of cases as part of the current outbreak to 54.
A spokeswoman for the health board said that these new cases were “largely expected” as these were household contacts of previously confirmed cases.
Consultant in public health Dr Susan Laidlaw said that while many of those testing positive had very mild symptoms, some were quite unwell.
No-one has needed hospital admission so far.
Meanwhile, Shetland MSP Beatrice Wishart is asking islanders to rigidly stick to the rules that come with level three restrictions and stay at home for New Year’s Eve.
“This has been a tough time for us all, and especially for those who have lost loved ones this year. As the bells ring at midnight on New Year’s Eve it’s often a time of remembrance and reflection,” she said.
“The current outbreak shows that if you drop your guard, if you forget FACTS, it doesn’t take much for the virus to spread. It’s vital we all continue to follow the public health advice.
“To those who are thinking they can’t live without a New Year party or visits to the neighbours I say please think again and stay home this Hogmanay. Avoid mixing households and in-house parties.
“Irresponsible action now could mean someone you know and love might not be around to have another Hogmanay.”
“We’re tired and weary and long for some sort of normality but we’re all in this together, and together we will get through this Covid experience. We’re also a community that’s renowned for caring and putting others first.”
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