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No new COVID-19 cases recorded in Orkney in past 24 hours

Orkney has not recorded any new test-positive cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, according to the latest figures released by the Scottish Government.

This follows concern over a rising number of cases identified in the county, during the past fortnight. The number of test-positive cases in Orkney since the start of the pandemic remains at 53, and there have been eight cases in the past week.

This includes two new cases announced yesterday, Wednesday.

According to NHS Orkney consultant in public health Sara Lewis, those two new cases were linked.

Ms Lewis said: “We advise that everyone should continue to follow the guidance. Be very careful as this is highly infectious and not everyone is symptomatic.”

She added that everyone who could, should be working from home and employers needed to enable this wherever possible.

“If you can’t work from home ensure you have adequate protection and that the environment is well aired.”

Anyone experiencing COVID symptoms of a temperature, a new and continuous cough, and loss of taste or sense of smell should contact the COVID Assessment Centre for a test. The number to call is 888211.