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Coronavirus / Ten new Covid cases recorded

NHS Shetland is also now sending people messages if they have been in a setting where others have tested positive

A FURTHER ten new Covid cases have been confirmed in Shetland.

NHS Shetland said all ten are linked to other cases and either involve travel south and/or household contact or socialising.

As well as continuing to contact trace the close contacts of all cases, the health board is also issuing many “warn and inform” messages.

Interim director of public health Dr Susan Laidlaw said: “We are issuing ‘warn and inform’ messages which is where we let people know that they have been in a setting where others have tested positive, even if they have not themselves been identified as contacts.

“Those who receive this message do not have to isolate and take a PCR test when contacted, but we do ask them to do lateral flow tests (LFTs), and to be especially vigilant for symptoms.

“If they develop symptoms or have a positive LFT then they must isolate and take a PCR test.”

The guidance for the best way to stop the spread of the virus is to wear face coverings, wash hands, avoid crowded places and keep distant from others when possible.

Anyone aged 18 or over who has not yet been invited for their first dose of the Covid vaccine, or had a first dose more than eight weeks ago, is asked to contact shet.covidvaccinationscheduling@nhs.scot or leave a message on 01595 743319.

Folk are asked to remember to include a full name, date of birth and which dose they require.