Coroanvirus in Scotland: NHS Western Isles announces eight new cases of covid

In a latest update from their chief executive, NHS Western Isles has confirmed that there have been eight new cases across their health board with seven linked to an outbreak in Barra.

The most southerly of the inhabited islands in the Outer Hebrides, Barra where an outbreak of covid cases has been reported  (Photo: Shutterstock).
The most southerly of the inhabited islands in the Outer Hebrides, Barra where an outbreak of covid cases has been reported (Photo: Shutterstock).

Gordon Jamieson, chief executive of NHS Western Isles announced there has been one case on Benbecula which is linked to a previous case and seven linked to the outbreak on Barra.

Test and Protect has identified a number of close contacts and Mr Jamieson added they will be conducting a ‘significant number’ of further tests tomorrow.

Sign up to our public interest bulletins - get the latest news on the Coronavirus

Sign up to our public interest bulletins - get the latest news on the Coronavirus

NHS Western Isles is urging residents and those islands to limit their contact with other people and only go out if ‘absolutely necessary.’

Mr Jamieson said: “This is a rapidly developing situation and I would appeal to everyone particularly the residents of Barra to limit their contact with other households and in fact only leave the house if it’s absolutely necessary.

"Please continue to take every precaution you can- we must contain and suppress this virus.”

A message from the Editor:Thank you for reading this article. We're more reliant on your support than ever as the shift in consumer habits brought about by Coronavirus impacts our advertisers.

If you haven't already, please consider supporting our trusted, fact-checked journalism by taking out a digital subscription.