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Coronavirus / Lateral flow test supplies improving

THE BOTTLENECK in providing the community with lateral flow tests (LFT) appears to have been overcome, at least for the moment, after local pharmacies took delivery of new Covid test kits this morning (Thursday).

Stocks were running low earlier this week after calls by governments in London and Edinburgh for people to test more regularly – and to get a PCR test done if positive – to slow down the spread the Omicron variant of Covid.

At the same time home delivery through government online service was suspended for two days as the sheer amount of orders could not be processed any longer.

The free service is now back online and can be accessed here.

On Wednesday, NHS Shetland confirmed to Shetland News that the issue of getting sufficient number of LFT tests was due to transport and should be resolved imminently.

Health and social care as well as schools were not affected by the shortage, the health board said.

Meanwhile, there have been 11 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Shetland during the last 24 hours.