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Coronavirus / Three schools affected by Covid as nine more cases are added

AS THE number of confirmed Covid cases continues to rise across Shetland, the council has confirmed that as of this morning (Wednesday) ‘warn and inform’ letter have been sent to parents and staff at three local schools. 

It comes as the latest update on Scottish Covid cases show nine new cases for the isles.

The three local schools affected by Covid cases are the primary school at Scalloway, Tingwall and at Sound.

NHS Shetland has reassured the community that most people testing positive have either very mild symptoms or none at all.

However, as people are infectious and are able to pass on the virus people are advised to follow the guidelines with regards to wearing face coverings, hand hygiene and regular testing.

Shetland’s incidence rate per 100,000 population has now risen above 200, the highest of the three island authorities, but well below the Scottish average of 733.1.

Meanwhile Lerwick Library is closed today (Wednesday) due to the number of staff required to self-isolate.

This may continue for a few days, the council said. However, the learning centre continues to be open for public computer use.

Updates are available on the library website, and customers can continue to collect requested books at the library door by ringing the bell.

Meanwhile, first minister Nicola Sturgeon is due to update parliament on the situation. Across Scotland there were 6,170 new cases over the last 24 hours.