Covid-19

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 …


Liaison group pleased with SSE’s change in Covid-19 approach

WIND farm developer Viking Energy has finally started taking the threat Covid-19 is posing to its workforce and the Shetland population very seriously, according to the chairman of the Tingwall, Whiteness and Weisdale Community Council. Andrew Archer said the community council had been “banging on” at SSE Renewables – the company that owns and is […] Shetland News …



New Covid vaccine to be used from next week

THE NEW Covid vaccine recently approved for use in the UK will begin to be administered in Shetland from next week. The first batch of the AstraZeneca vaccine, containing enough for 200 doses, arrived in the isles earlier this week. Unlike the first Pfizer vaccine, it can be stored at regular fridge temperatures – meaning […] Shetland News …


Four more Covid cases confirmed

ANOTHER four new Covid-19 cases were recorded today (Thursday). NHS Shetland’s public health consultant Dr Susan Laidlaw said that as before these are people who were known contacts of confirmed cases. However, the local laboratory is still processing tests of more people who were living with folk already positive. “We are finding that once one […] Shetland News …


Health board expects more Covid cases as figure rises again

TWO more cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Shetland – with the local health board expecting more in the coming days. NHS Shetland said the new cases are linked. It means there have been four new cases confirmed in the last week. The health board said an “extensive contact tracing process is ongoing”. A particular […] Shetland News …


Local musicians philosophical and resilient in the face of Covid-19 havoc

ORDINARILY Shetland’s music community would be looking forward to a host of festive season shindigs to warm the cockles and raise the spirits. There’d be carol concerts, kids’ concerts, a sell-out night with First Foot Soldiers on clue-up Friday, a glitzy Hogmanay gathering at Mareel, a couple of popular tribute acts and maybe even some […] Shetland News …


Rapid progress in developing Covid-19 vaccines offers ‘light at the end of the tunnel’

A SENIOR public health consultant has urged islanders who may be hesitant about receiving a Covid-19 vaccination to seek out information from trusted sources. Earlier this week there was further hopeful vaccination news in the shape of a positive trial for an Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine – the third set of promising findings to be published […] Shetland News …


Communication from government among greatest challenges for council during Covid outbreak, chief executive says

THE “GREATEST challenge” faced by Shetland Islands Council during the coronavirus outbreak was the communication between local and national government, according to chief executive Maggie Sandison. She said the council was often hearing about new rules or restrictions at the same time as the public and the press. Sandison also said another issue has been […] Shetland News …


Sturgeon confirms government hopes to place isles in ‘level one’ of Covid restrictions

FIRST minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that the Scottish Government hopes to place Shetland in level one of a new tiered system of coronavirus restrictions. Speaking in the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday afternoon, she however said that current advice recommends that this should come with a temporary continuation of the ban on people visiting each […] Shetland News …