Coronavirus

Isles record 16 new Covid cases

THE recent spike in Covid cases locally shows no sign of abating as 16 new cases have been confirmed of the previous 24-hour period. The islands seven-day rate per 100,000 population continues to rise and stands now at 279.8, the highest prevalence among NHS island boards. Scotland-wide 6,152 new cases were detected from just over […] Shetland News …


Seven more cases as Covid-19 outbreak disrupts filming of crime drama

SHETLAND recorded seven more Covid-19 cases on Friday, according to official Scottish Government statistics. The isles’ seven-day rate per 100,000 people now stands at 262 in the week up to 31 August. That reflects a much higher prevalence of Covid-19 than in Orkney (76 per 100,000) and the Western Isles (174 per 100,000), but remains […] Shetland News …


Rise in Covid cases likely to be ‘natural lag’ behind mainland spike

THE INCREASING number of Covid cases in Shetland is likely to be a “natural lag” behind the Scottish mainland, according to a leading health official. NHS Shetland’s interim director of public health Dr Susan Laidlaw said the infection is being introduced in the isles by people who have been south, or are visiting Shetland, and […] Shetland News …



Covid numbers rise as Delta variant spreads to Shetland

THE NUMBER of new Covid cases in the isles continues to grow as Scotland records 2,836 new cases  over the last 24 hours. In Shetland four new cases were confirmed since yesterday and all were linked to recent travel to the UK mainland, according to NHS Shetland. Contact tracing has been completed and contacts are […] Shetland News …


Health board struggles to contact young folk to offer vaccination appointments

NHS Shetland is continuing to experience difficulties getting hold of predominantly younger people to offer Covid vaccination appointments and is calling once again on folk who have not had any communication from the health board to get in touch. Board chairman Gary Robinson said on Friday morning that the health board has so far been […] Shetland News …


NHS Shetland confirms one new Covid case

NHS Shetland has reiterated the necessity of continuing to follow the general advice of wearing face masks, avoiding crowds and thoroughly cleaning hands after another new case of Covid-19 has been confirmed. It is the first new case for some time and the first this month. The total number for Shetland now stands at 233 […] Shetland News …


‘No indication’ when a decision will be made on islands Covid restrictions, SIC chief executive says

FRUSTRATION among local businesses and politicians has continued this week in the absence of any announcement from the Scottish Government regarding changes to Covid-19 restrictions from the end of this month. The government consulted islanders on whether they would prefer greater local freedoms in exchange for continued travel restrictions when the rest of Scotland unlocks […] Shetland News …



Cruise calls would be ‘highly regulated’ – if they go ahead

THE LIKELIHOOD of two mooted cruise ship visits to Lerwick going ahead this summer is uncertain amid Covid-19 restrictions – but if passengers are allowed ashore it will be in a “highly regulated” fashion, according to tourism industry leaders. There has been a mixed reaction within the isles since it emerged last week that Fred […] Shetland News …