ANOTHER death of a patient who had confirmed Covid has been registered in Shetland.
The tragic news was included in today’s (Wednesday) coronavirus update from Public Health Scotland.
According to data published by Public Health Scotland and the National Records of Scotland this brings the number local people who had Covid-19 mentioned on their death certificate to nine since the start of the pandemic.
The daily update also showed three new cases confirmed in Shetland taking the total number of cases to 185.
The latest seven days rate per 100,000 has dropped to 82.9 – the third lowest of all health board areas in Scotland, and well below the infection rate of 231.1 cases per 100,000 of population recorded at the end of the year.
Across Scotland the number of new positive cases is 1,949.
New data published by Public Health Scotland on Wednesday show that Shetland is lagging behind in getting people vaccinated.
As of 11 January, 669 people (or 3.57 per cent of the population) had received their first dose of the vaccine whereas 968 people were vaccinated in Orkney (5.18 per cent) and 1,518 (6.76 per cent) in the Western Isles.
A total of 163,203 people received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccination between 8 December 2020 and 10 January 2021.
First minister Nicola Sturgeon meanwhile announced some tightening of restrictions earlier today in areas such as click and collect services and takeaway collection, but these will only apply in areas of Scotland in lockdown.
The NAFC Marine Centre in Scalloway has said that it hopes to be able to resume some face-to-face teaching from the 1 February should Shetland remain in level three.
The college said it would review the situation by 22 January and directly contact people who are booked on courses.
All students are asked to monitor their college e-mail accounts for the latest information which will also be posted on the college’s website.
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