Unfortunate misinformation is currently being reported with claims of a death related to COVID-19 in the Western Isles, says NHS Western Isles.

This information was not clarified with NHS Western Isles prior to publication, said an NHS Western Isles statement at 1609, today (Wednesday April 22) .

Earlier a COVID-19 related death was reported for the Western Isles by National Records of Scotland.  

"NHS Western Isles can confirm that this relates to an individual who was admitted to hospital with COVID-19 symptoms. The individual was tested for COVID-19 whilst in hospital, but tragically passed away before the test result was received back. Prior to receiving the results of the test, COVID-19 was recorded on the death certificate. The test result has, however, has since come back negative."

The NHS Western Isles statement concludes: "To clarify, there have been no COVID-19 related deaths in the Western Isles."

The death was one of 128 which took place across the Western Isles in the week to 19 April. Of these 52 of these were in hospital, including the person originally thought to have had Covid-19.

Figures provided by the NRS differ from the daily totals given by the Scottish Government, because they include all deaths where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate by a doctor as a suspected or probable cause as well as those where Coronavirus had been positively tested.

Today’s report details 1,616 deaths across Scotland where Covid-19 was a factor. The highest number of these (910) took place in hospitals, but deaths in care homes (537) and at home or in a non-institutional setting (168) are also mentioned, as is one death in another form of institution.

By far the highest percentage (74%) of those who have died nationally is in the 75+ age group, with 37.3% being above the age of 85.

The first mention of Covid-19 on a Scottish death certificate was in the week beginning 16 March. 

In Shetland, the Shetland News website reported today that the total of Covid-19 deaths in Shetland now stands at six.  They quoted Royal College of Nursing, Scotland director Theresa Fyffe, as saying: “Today’s figures again show the devastating impact this virus is having on the most vulnerable in our communities, with a third of all deaths involving COVID-19 occurring in care homes."