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Coronavirus / Covid numbers continue to rise

One of the two new cases not connected to the Mossbank cluster

TWO more Covid cases were reported for Shetland in the Scottish Government figures on Thursday, bringing the total number to 221.

NHS Shetland said that one of these new cases is linked to the recent outbreak at Mossbank earlier this week, whilst the other is unrelated.  

Dr Susan Laidlaw said the health board had identified the contacts in both cases and people are now self-isolating.

But she warned that there may be more: “However, we may still see more confirmed cases amongst the isolating contacts if they develop symptoms and have further tests which are then positive.  

“In addition to the actions taken by the Test and Protect team and the individual cases and contacts to prevent spread, all the community can help by following the FACTS guidance.”

“I know these are exactly the same messages as before, but keeping a 2m distance whenever possible, wearing face coverings when required, hand washing and avoiding crowds are effective in preventing spread of the virus,” Dr Laidlaw said.

“Covid spreads quickly so we appeal to the community to continue with the precautions to minimise spread whilst we still have a way to go with the vaccination programme.”

“As is clear from the current cases in Shetland, we cannot be complacent. But children are getting back to school, we can get outside in the fresh air, and we can still get to shops, hairdressers, cafes etc as long as we follow all the precautions.”