Wishart makes renewed calls for Covid testing Shetland arrivals

Fresh calls for testing new arrivals in Shetland have been raised.

Shetland MSP Beatrice Wishart reaffirmed calls following comments made by clinical director Jason Leitch on the importance of protecting island communities with low infection rages.

Prof Leitch said islands with single figure numbers should be protected from “importation”  from the Scottish mainland. 

Ms Wishart, along with Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael, has been calling for mass testing to be explored since December. 

She said: “Keeping COVID-19 cases to an absolute minimum is incredibly important to help restrictions in Shetland lift safely and quickly. Prevalence on the islands is currently low and that must be protected. 

 “The clinical director has talked about protecting island communities, and constituents repeatedly point out that we have a geographic advantage in stopping the spread of Covid. “

Ms Wishart urged the Scottish government to respond as soon as possible to keep case numbers low.

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  • Ian Tinkler

    • February 5th, 2021 16:21

    What an extraordinary double standard from Nicola Sturgeon, criticizing the UK government, she says, “UK quarantine does not go far enough”. “I can therefore confirm today that we intend to introduce a managed quarantine requirement for anyone who arrives directly onto Scotland, regardless “. Strong comment from our First Minister, yet to speed on Viking Energy, no quarantine whatsoever for any contractor transported onto Shetland! No appropriate social distancing just shared accommodation in Shetland lets. What a magnificent hypocrisy.
    This woman(Sturgeon) is risking our lives every day, all to build a windfarm fast.
    Remember just how much Shetlander’s health and lives mean to the SNP and the First Minister, we are wholly expendable!

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