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Coronavirus / Covid infection rate continues to fall, but case numbers still high

THE LOCAL Covid infection rate continues to ease gradually after 137 new cases were confirmed over the last three days since Friday.

This compares favourably with the previous weekend when 176 cases were reported.

Shetland’s seven day incidence rate per 100,000 population has now dropped to 1,862, roughly the same rate as Orkney, but it is still more than double the Scottish average.

These latest figures come as more coronavirus restrictions come to an end in Scotland.

From today (Monday) secondary school pupils are no longer required to wear face coverings in the classroom, while the legal requirement for large venues to have a vaccination passport scheme in place has also come to an end.