The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Western Isles has risen to five, all on the Isle of Lewis.

This was announced at 21.42 tonight (Tuesday April 7) by Western Isles NHS Chief Executive Gordon Jamieson.

In a message on Twitter (https://twitter.com/nhswi/status/1247625771113422848?s=21) he stated: "As of tonight we have our fifth case of confirmed coronavirus here on Lewis. Today I spent some time with the nursing staff who are currently undergong extensive training in preparation to care for those patients who will require respiratory support and, in some cases, ventilation."

He spoke of the "incredible" efforts of the staff and the trainers.  He also said he was "humbled every day" by the continual flow of offers of support from across the community.

It was only just over one week ago that it was announced that the first two individuals in the Western Isles had tested positive for COVID-19.

This was publicly announced on Tuesday March 31 by Mr Jamieson, again in advance of the official Scottish Government figures.

Earlier today the official Scottish Government figures for Tuesday April 7  showed the total number of positive cases reported for Highland Region was 112 – 9 up on yesterday.  There were 42 cases shown for Shetland - a rise of one on the previous day.  There are still four cases in Orkney as for several days.

A total of 25,022 Scottish tests have been concluded so far. Of these:

  • 4229 tests were positive. That's up 523 from yesterday, a rise of 14%.
  • In all, 2262 of the cases were in the Greater Glasgow, Clyde, Lanarkshire and Lothian areas - an increase of 189 since yesterday, up 9%

The latest national coronavirus figures were confirmed at 2.00pm today.

A total of 296 patients in Scotland who tested positive for coronavirus are now reported to have died, it was stated. 

That is 74 more than the previous day.