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Coronavirus / Five more coronavirus cases confirmed

ANOTHER five confirmed cases of Covid have been recorded in Shetland.

The figures were included in this afternoon’s (Tuesday) Scottish Government figures.

It brings the cumulative total of cases recorded in Shetland since the pandemic began to 200.

At the end of last week a new temporary testing unit was opened in the Gilbertson Park games hall in Lerwick, with people with cold-like symptoms encouraged to attend.

Across Scotland 1,165 new cases and 71 deaths have been recorded.

Public health consultant Dr Susan Laidlaw urged people to act immediately as soon as someone in their household develops Covid symptoms.

NHS Shetland is now also recommending to take action when developing other cold and flu like symptoms.

“Don’t wait for a few days or for someone else’s results to come back, or be contact traced,” Dr Laidlaw said. “By delaying isolating, Covid could be spread to others.

“While many shake off the virus, there are some who become very unwell.”

Dr Laidlaw said that when in isolation, members of a household should do everything possible to avoid infection.

“We understand that it is very difficult but continue to wash your hands or use hand sanitiser frequently.

“Always practise good respiratory hygiene (use and dispose of tissues safely and cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough); keep the house well ventilated and clean ‘touch points’ such as door handles and light switches,” she added.

Dr Laidlaw reminded the community that, in line with level three restrictions, no one should be going inside another household unless specifically allowed.

To book a slot at the Gilbertson Park Covid Testing Centre please follow this link.

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