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Coronavirus / Local Covid figures lower than last week

Vaccination clinics have been ongoing last week. Photo: Shetland News

THE RECENT spike in the number of local Covid cases due to the spread of the Omicron variant appears to have slowed down after just 18 new cases were recorded since Friday.

The reduced number of cases is also reflected nationally where 31,774 cases were recorded during the last three days, an average of just over 10,000 per day.

Meanwhile, however, the number of people admitted to hospital with Covid has been rising steadily to now 1,432, an increase of around 500 (or 50 per cent) since the start of the year.

There are 54 people with Covid in intensive care across Scotland.

Locally, hospital admission figures are hard to come by due to patient confidentiality as numbers are very small.

National modelling suggests increased hospital admissions in the coming weeks, a trend that is already showing in the latest national figures.

Most people with Covid in Shetland experience mild symptoms or none at all, according to interim director of public health Dr Susan Laidlaw.

This is mainly due to the high level of vaccination in the isles, where more than 90 percent of the population over the age of 40 has had their booster jab, and 75.7 per cent of the population aged 12 and over.

An update on the current restrictions is expected tomorrow when first minister Nicola Sturgeon is due to update parliament.