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coronavirus

‘National delay’ behind report of zero daily cases for Orkney

A delay in the national system for recording COVID-19 figures has stalled the number of cases reported for Orkney.

This is according to NHS Orkney, which has warned that a higher number of cases may appear in figures this Thursday as a result of the issue.

An NHS Orkney spokeswoman said: “We are aware today’s reported cases are nil for Orkney.

“This is due to a national delay in reporting. Because of this we expect to see higher positive case numbers tomorrow.

“All those waiting on PCR results will not be affected and will still get their results as quickly as possible.”

As it stands, all household contacts of confirmed cases — Omicron or not — must self-isolate for 10 days regardless of vaccination status or a negative PCR result.
Non-household contacts can end isolation after receiving a negative PCR result if double vaccinated and have no symptoms.
According to NHS Orkney, regular lateral flow tests, when you are showing no symptoms, are vital to ensuring we can keep ourselves safe and identify positive cases as early as possible.

Additionally, if you are travelling back to Orkney from anywhere abroad, you are urged to follow the latest regulations regarding PCR tests and self-isolation. Lateral flow tests before leaving the islands and returning are still encouraged by the Scottish Government.

If you do develop any COVID symptoms or have a positive lateral flow test, self isolate with your household immediately and seek a PCR test. Booking is not required for PCR tests in Orkney, you can just drive to the COVID Testing Centre (Old Balfour) and you will be instructed from there on the next steps. If you do require support for COVID testing or can’t drive to the centre, you can call 0300 303 9545.