TWO more confirmed cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in Shetland.
The latest update today (Saturday) means that a total of 208 cases have been registered in the isles since the outbreak began last year.
NHS Shetland said both new cases are household members of existing cases and had been isolating.
Public health consultant Dr Susan Laidlaw said many people who tested positive had very mild symptoms which they hardly noticed, but were prompted to seek a test which was then positive.
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“The symptoms are not always overwhelming or obvious and anyone who thinks they have Covid symptoms should seek a test,” Dr Laidlaw said.
“People with Covid-19 who have very mild symptoms or even no symptoms are still infectious and this is what is causing the virus to continue spreading. That is why we are asking everyone to behave as if they have the virus and to maintain physical distancing and to avoided crowded places.”
The symptoms of Covid are a new continuous cough, fever or loss/change in taste or smell.
Dr Laidlaw added that exercise was important for mental health and people should continue to make the effort to get outside for a walk or jog, weather permitting.
“You can meet with another households to do this, with a maximum of six people, but you must maintain distancing,” she said.
On Friday NHS Shetland also reminded people not to undertake household visits, which are not permitted under level three restrictions.
The health board said that most of the latest transmissions have occurred within families across numerous households.
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