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Coronavirus / New Covid death reported in daily figures

ANOTHER death of a person who had tested positive for Covid has been registered in Shetland.

It was included in today’s (Wednesday) Public Health Scotland update.

The daily Public Health Scotland statistics include people who died within 28 days of their first confirmed report of Covid-19. Shetland’s total since the start of the pandemic is now 17.

This is different to the weekly update from National Records of Scotland, which counts those who had Covid mentioned on their death certificate.

Meanwhile a further 26 positive Covid cases in Shetland were reported today, which is generally lower than previous weeks.

But since Monday people with no Covid symptoms are no longer advised to take lateral flow tests.

More changes will come into effect at the end of April, including the general public no longer being advised to test if symptomatic.

Some regular asymptomatic testing, for example in health and social care workforces, will continue to be in place.

NHS Shetland said the testing unit at Brevik House in Lerwick, which is referral only, will remain in place until the health board are told otherwise.

It has carried out tests for people such as those needing an operation in hospital.

Interim director of public health Dr Susan Laidlaw told Shetland News: “It is not yet clear what PCR testing may continue to be required after the end of April.

“We are currently looking at options locally for delivering any testing service that may be required going forward.

“But in the meantime, the current service will remain in place for those who are recommended to have a PCR test.”