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Five new Orkney COVID cases confirmed

Five new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Orkney, during the past 24 hours, according to figures published by the Scottish Government.

NHS Orkney has rolled out a revamped testing regime, this week, with the aim of reducing waiting times for results. There is now no need to phone and book a PCR test, with a drive-through self-testing service up and running at the COVID Assessment Centre (old Balfour) in Kirkwall.

A new phone number has also been introduced for the centre, for enquiries regarding testing. This is 0300 303 9545, which replaces 888 211.

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms or receive a positive lateral flow result, you must self-isolate with your household. You and all members of your household should arrange a PCR test.

If you have been contact-traced or “pinged” you must self-isolate and arrange a PCR test. Other members of your household do not need to self-isolate unless you have received a positive lateral flow or PCR result.