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Coronavirus / Covid cases linked to Orkney football tournament

Health board says 26 people from Shetland are self-isolating

NHS SHETLAND says two people in the isles have tested positive for Covid after returning from a women’s football tournament in Orkney at the weekend.

So far 26 people in Shetland have been asked to self-isolate as a result.

NHS Shetland locum director of public health Dr Dermot Gorman said a high number of people ha been identified as contacts.

A further 20 people in Orkney are isolating. Those asked to isolate in the Northern Isles range in age and include some schoolchildren.

A team from Shetland travelled to Orkney to take on their island counterparts on Saturday and Sunday.

On Monday three new Covid cases in Shetland were confirmed in the daily Scottish Government update.

“Given that many of the people involved were together over several days, we do think more positive cases are likely over the next few days,” Dr Gorman said.

He said all those called by NHS Shetland’s contact tracers were being extremely helpful and he thanked the community for their cooperation.

“PCR tests are being done for those who have requested them,” he said.

Dr Gorman reminded both the Shetland and Orkney communities – especially those who had been involved in the tournament – to watch out for symptoms.

These are a fever, a new cough and a loss of taste and smell.

“If you are unwell, you need to isolate and book a test. In Shetland this is through the NHS Shetland website and in Orkney this is through calling the Covid Assessment Centre.

Almost all eligible adults in Shetland and Orkney are double-vaccinated with 16 and 17-year-olds now being called.

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