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There was only one new case of Covid-19 detected on the Western Isles yesterday (Tuesday August 3) and that was on Barra.

The most recent previous case on Barra was on July 4.

The latest update from NHSWI Chief Executive, Gordon Jamieson says the new case on Barra was not linked to any existing cases.

He explained aspects of the impact of the Scottish Government announcement yesterday that Scotland moves beyond Protection Level 0 from Monday August 9.

The legal requirement for physical distancing and limits on gatherings will be removed on 9 August when all venues across Scotland are able to reopen.

Some protective measures will stay in place such as the use of face coverings indoors and the collection of contact details as part of Test & Protect.

Adults identified as close contacts of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 will no longer be automatically required to self-isolate for 10 days from 9 August, if they meet the following conditions:

  • They must be double-vaccinated with at least two weeks having passed since their second dose;
  • They must have no symptoms; and
  • They must return a negative PCR test.

The same conditions (to end self-isolation) will also apply to anyone aged between five and 17 years old, even if they have not been vaccinated. The requirement to take a PCR test will not apply to children under the age of five.

One new positive case of COVID-19 has been attributed to Orkney yesterday, according to the daily figures published by the Scottish Government. This brings Orkney’s case total since the pandemic began to 151 compared to 426 in the Western Isles.

Scottish Summary: 3 August 2021
  • 1,016 new cases of COVID-19 reported
  • 13,704 new tests for COVID-19 reported results
  • 8.1% of these were positive
  • 9 new reported deaths of people who have tested positive 
  • 61 people were in intensive care yesterday with recently confirmed COVID-19
  • 406 people were in hospital yesterday with recently confirmed COVID-19
  • 4,014,212 people have received the first dose of a Covid vaccination
  • 3,231,331 have received the second dose of a Covid vaccination