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Coronavirus / One more coronavirus case confirmed

ANOTHER confirmed case of Covid has been registered in Shetland, according to the Scottish Government’s daily figures.

It means that a total of 209 positive cases have been recorded in the isles since the pandemic began last year.

The new case appears to be linked to travel, NHS Shetland said.

The health board’s consultant in public health Dr Susan Laidlaw said it was encouraging to see lower numbers coming through, but she reminded everyone to stay vigilant to Covid-19 symptoms and seek a test if in any doubt.

In addition, Dr Laidlaw asked that the community continues to adhere to the FACTS guidance whilst the vaccination programme progresses.

“A large proportion of our more elderly and vulnerable residents including those living in care homes and our over 80 year olds along with frontline health and care staff have now received, or are about to receive, a first Covid vaccination which is great news,” she said.

“We are also planning for the roll out to the next priority groups for under 80 year olds and those that have been shielding.

“Everyone must remember though that none of the current guidance to prevent the spread of Covid will change until we know how well the vaccination programme is working at a population level.

“Please don’t contact your health centre or the health board to find out when you will get your vaccine – this takes up staff time when they are working to make appointments. We will get to everybody as quickly as we can.”