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Coronavirus / Health board records further four Covid cases

Temporary testing centre at Gilbertson Park now operational

AS THE number of Covid infections across Scotland continues to rise at an alarming rate, Shetland recorded four more cases over the last 24 hours.

This brings the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the isles since the start of the pandemic to 189.

Most of the recent cases have been through family transmission linked to the North Mainland outbreak, NHS Shetland said, but there are increasing positive results for people where there is no clear source of infection.

NHS Shetland chief executive Michael Dickson said it was imperative that anyone who feels unwell, even with mild cold-like symptoms, should stay at home in case they had Covid and were unintentionally passing it on.

“We all need to behave as if we are positive and could infect others, ” Dickson said.

“Stay at home where at all possible, and, if you must move around, make sure you maintain physical distancing and follow all the FACTS guidance.”

Across Scotland 2,160 new cases were reported, as have 61 deaths of patients who have tested positive. There are currently 1,860 people in hospital.

Meanwhile, a temporary Covid-19 testing unit arrived on the ferry on Friday morning and was set up at Gilbertson Park in Lerwick.

Dickson invited anyone who wanted a test to come forward – people can just walk in or book ahead. Slots can be booked by using this link: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

People booking should choose the option to say that they are taking part in community testing if they are asymptomatic, NHS Shetland said.

Tests will be sent to the UK Government Lab for processing.

The temporary Covid-19 testing site was set up on Friday morning.

Operating times are:

Fri: 9am-4pm,

Sat: 9am-5pm

Sun: 9am-5pm

Mon: 9am-3pm (early closure due to team swap over)

Tue: 9am-5pm

Wed: 9am-5pm

Thu: 9am-4pm

This is an extra service and the normal testing services are all still operating.