NHS Western Isles Chief Executive, Gordon Jamieson confirmed last night (Friday October 31) that for another day, there had been no new cases of COVID-19 anywhere in the Western Isles.

He reiterated on Twitter that the outbreak in Uist had been declared over by NHSWI Director of Public Health, Dr Maggie Watts.

But he pleaded that people "Please remain vigilant across the Western Isles and follow the restrictions in place."

welovestornoway.com calculates that should an Covid-19 outbreak of the equivalent scale and speed of the one in South Uist take place on Lewis, about 450/500 people could become ill over a fortnight to three weeks, with a huge impact on every aspect of local life.

Na h-Eileanan an Iar MP Angus MacNeil has written to Mr Jamieson to commend the local NHS staff and communities of North and South Uist, Berneray, Benbecula and Eriskay for their efforts to suppress the spread of Covid-19 during the most recent island outbreak.

“It is testament to the work of NHS Staff, Test and Trace and to the community of South Uist that this outbreak was contained in the way it was and very pleasing to read that we have now had 14 days without a further case.

“The speed of the outbreak and the sad death of the Care Home resident reminds us all of the dangers associated with this virus and as you have said we must all remain vigilant. I would be grateful if you would pass on my thanks to the Staff of NHS Western Isles and their partner agencies for their work in dealing with this outbreak and the ongoing work of the current pandemic.”

To access testing in the Western Isles, contact the COVID-19 Response Team on 01851 601151 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The phone line will be staffed from 9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday with an answering machine available out with those hours.

Alternatively you can complete the online COVID-19 Testing Programme Referral Form (NHS Western Isles) https://www.coronavirus.wi.nhs.scot/?page_id=219