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Coronavirus / Islands report fewer Covid cases

FOLLOWING a peak of reported Covid cases across Shetland last week, the spread of the virus appears to continue its downward trend with nine more confirmed cases over the last three days.

The seven-day prevalence for the period until 17 September was 30 cases, down from more than 70 earlier this month.

Across Scotland, 2,917 new cases were detected in 29,098 tests carried out – a rate of 10.8 per cent.

There were 1,088 people in hospital in Scotland with recently confirmed Covid-19.

NHS Shetland declined to give a breakdown of local hospital admissions due to the small numbers involved.

Director of nursing and acute services Kathleen Carolan said all the health board could say is that there have been less than five admissions in the last 20 days.

Director of nursing and acute services Kathleen Carolan said all the health board could say is that there have been less than five admissions in the last 20 days.

Interim director of public health Dr Susan Laidlaw added: “Nearly all adults are fully vaccinated but a third of the positive tests so far this month have been in young people and children too young to have been vaccinated.”