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Coronavirus / Pupils kept at home as north mainland Covid cluster is confirmed

PARENTS and carers of all primary four to seven pupils at Mossbank Primary School have been asked to keep their children at home this week following a cluster of Covid-19 cases in the north mainland of Shetland.

The step is being taken as a precautionary measure to try to contain this cluster and to reduce the risk of further transmission in the community.

Over recent days seven new Covid cases have been confirmed in Shetland with more expected this afternoon once public health statistics have been updated.

NHS Shetland has so far not confirmed which areas of Shetland are affected by these latest cases.

Children's services director Helen Budge.
Children’s services director Helen Budge.

However, the council’s director of children’s services Helen Budge confirmed on Monday that the latest cases were found in the north mainland.

Parents and carers of older pupils have been asked to keep their children at home, with remote learning, for the last week of term,” she said.

“School staff will continue to provide support for remote learning, as they have done previously.

“For parents and carers of younger pupils, I’d like to reassure them that we are taking all the steps we can to ensure their safety while in the school.”

People are advised to continue to be vigilant and to do lateral flow tests on a regularly basis, and particularly when travelling.

Anyone with new any symptoms like a new cough, fever or loss of taste and smell, must stay at home and arrange a PCR test through NHS Shetland.

Anyone they live with must also stay at home until they get the result of that test.