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Coronavirus / Crown Office data confirms high number of care home deaths

NEW data detailing deaths of care home residents in Scotland linked to Covid-19 during the pandemic have been released by the Crown Office, with the statistics confirming once again the impact of Covid on the sector and its vulnerable residents.

Care homes became the worst hit sector with at least 3,400 deaths linked to the virus.

In Shetland, five deaths occurred at the council-run Wastview care home in Walls, in April of last year – accounting for almost half of the 11 Covid related deaths registered for the NHS Shetland area.

The full map of the Scottish data can be found here.

Meanwhile, no new cases of Covid were recorded in Shetland in today’s (Monday) Scottish Government update.

Three cases were registered to Shetland last week, but they were all linked to crew on board a seismic survey vessel which has since left Lerwick again.

Meanwhile, more than one third of adults in Shetland have received their second dose of the Covid vaccination.

Latest figures also show that nearly 70 per cent of the eligible population have had the first dose.