The Covid-19 outbreak on the Isle of Barra has rapidly become the second biggest single outbreak of positive viral infections on the Western Isles.

The latest update from NHS Western Isles Chief Executive Gordon Jamieson says there have been eight new cases of #COVID19 detected in the last 24 hours.

One of those is on the Isle of Benbecula linked to a previous case a number of days ago and seven linked to the outbreak on Barra.  This brings the Barra outbreak total to 10.

Test & Protect has identified a number of close contacts and a significant number of further tests will be processed tomorrow (Thursday January 14).

“This is a rapidly developing situation. I would appeal to everyone – particularly residents on Barra – to limit their contact with other households and, in fact, to only leave home if it is absolutely necessary essential. We must contain and suppress this virus.”

In the South Uist and Eriskay outbreak in September, the total number of cases reached 50 before the outbreak was controlled.  

In Shetland another death of a patient who had confirmed Covid has been registered, according Public Health Scotland and the National Records of Scotland. This brings the number of Shetland people who had Covid-19 mentioned on their death certificate to nine.  The daily update also showed three new positive cases confirmed in Shetland.

In Orkney there was a fourth successive day without any Covid-19 cases, making it the only NHS region in Scotland to avoid a rise in caseload.

Nationally in Scotland…

  • 1,949 new cases of COVID-19 reported
  • 23,432 new tests for COVID-19 reported results
  • 2% of these were positive
  • 79 new reported deaths of people who have tested positive 
  • 1,794 people are in hospital with recently confirmed COVID-19
  • 134 people are in intensive care with recently confirmed COVID-19
  • 191,965 people have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination 
  • 2,990 have received their second dose

On the mainland, people are facing further lockdown restrictions from Saturday, which will see rules around takeaway and click and collect services tightened. Only shops selling essential items - such as clothing, footwear, baby equipment, homeware and books - will be allowed to offer click and collect. Collections must also be outdoors, with appointments staggered to avoid queuing. And takeaways will no longer allow customers indoors and must instead operate from a hatch or doorway.