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South Uist records rise in coronavirus cases with 19 new positive tests confirmed and one hospital admission

An increase of coronavirus has been detected in the Western Isles.
An increase of coronavirus has been detected in the Western Isles.

NHS Western Isles have confirmed 19 new cases of Covid-19 have been detected in South Uist as of this morning.

The individuals who have contracted the disease are understood to be from the southern end of the island.

One patient has been transferred to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow for treatment. There is no further information on their condition.

All other patients are managing their symptoms at home.

Following the latest recordings, NHS Western Isles has taken the decision to restrict visiting in Ospadal Uibhist agus Bharraigh to essential visiting only.

This will take immediate effect as a precautionary measure.

Changes will also take place in Liniclate’s dental clinic with limited appointments to emergency care only for the next few days.

This aims to reduce both travel and contact between members of the public, and dental staff.

It is hoped this restriction will be lifted once the current outbreak has been controlled.

Dr Maggie Watts, director of public health for NHS Western Isles, said: “We would like to reassure our local communities and visitors to the island that we are taking all necessary steps to contain the virus but it is vital that everyone in the Western Isles follows the current Scottish Government restrictions and FACTS guidance to limit any spread of the virus.”

NHS Western Isles chief executive, Gordon Jamieson, said: “Our staff are working extremely hard in terms of Test and Protect. If we are to be able to contain and suppress this outbreak, people must follow the rules. Covid-19 thrives on complacency.

Contact tracing is ongoing through the Test and Protect programme. Close contacts are being advised to self-isolate and other identified contacts are being followed up and given appropriate advice.

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