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Coronavirus / Vaccination numbers well up, new figures show

Number of confirmed Covid-19 cases unchanged for the eighth consecutive day

ALMOST 16 per cent of the local population had received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine by the end of last week, new figures released by Public Health Scotland reveal.

With mass vaccination getting under way earlier this week at the Independent Living Centre in Lerwick, this figure will by now have risen further.

Public Health Scotland said that as of 31 January 2,916 people in Shetland had received their first dose.

Across Scotland 575,739 received their first dose – 351,357 were vaccinated with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and 224,352 AstraZeneca.

The report from Public Health Scotland also shows that as of 31 January 339 staff in local care homes have been tested for Covid-19.

Meanwhile there were no new Covid cases in the NHS Shetland area during the last 24 hours. The total number of cases has remained unchanged at 210 since 26 January.

Across Scotland a further 978 cases have been reported, and 88 more people who have tested positive have died.

There were no deaths involving Covid-19 registered in Shetland during the last week of January, according to statistics published by the National Records of Scotland on Wednesday.

However the figures also show that, as previously reported, there had been three deaths in the isles during the first month of the year where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

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