New case of coronavirus in the isles

Shetland has one new case of Covid-19 today – ending a long run where the isles saw no reported cases.

NHS Shetland says the affected patient has no history of travel – which it says indicates that the virus is still in the community.

The health authority has stressed the importance of abiding by the FACTS guidance.

Public health principal Elizabeth Robisnon said a lot of work was being done at a national level to increase the number of people having regular tests, even when they were asymptomatic.

This was to try and identify and isolate cases early.

“This is especially important in environments where the virus can spread easily – like a workplace, care facility or classroom,” she said.

Mrs Robinson said the Shetland community had done well to contain the North Mainland outbreak where more than 100 people were infected.

“We have come out of a very difficult time but because the community followed the guidance and, most importantly, stayed at home, it was contained.

“We appeal to everyone to remain vigilant and to request a test, for any cold or flu-like symptoms.”

The main symptoms for Covid are a fever, new cough and loss of taste and or smell.

“Many people have reported very minor symptoms, but they are still infectious and could pass the virus on to someone who might become very unwell.”

Shetland remains in Level 3 of the lockdown which does not allow people to socialise in other’s homes unless they are providing care or have created an extended family for the duration of the lockdown.


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  • Ian Tinkler

    • February 7th, 2021 18:53

    Hard to make this up! How to kill Shetland folk.

    Just when are the SNP/SG, Shetland Council Leadership, the Political Sycophants, on Shetland Health Board (the non medically qualified leadership, (Gary Robinson et al)) fail to act to start quarantine for SSEe./Viking Energy contractors. Contractors are daily being transported into Shetland, no Social distancing, no isolation or quarantine. VE is not a vital project, it can wait!!!
    To quote NHS Shetland public health principal Elizabeth Robinson, ” The new case has no history of travel which indicates that the virus is still in the community”. This, of course, is true. Is she not asking where it came from? Why and how it suddenly reappeared? Probably more than her jobsworth.!!!


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