Schools throughout Uist are being kept closed tomorrow (Monday September 28) and for at least the following two days as the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak focused in South Uist spreads. 

There are now 14 confirmed cases.  In a special broadcast on Twitter ( NHS Western Isles Chief Executive Gordon Jamieson pleaded with people throughout the Islands to follow the Covid-19 rules to help control the outbreak.

In a statement issued at 22.25 tonight (Sunday September 27) Comhairle nan Eilean Siar said: " In the light of information received on potential school-related cases, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has taken the decision to close all schools in Uist for the next three days, as a precautionary measure, until test results give a clear picture.

"The Comhairle will review the situation on a daily basis.

"A Groupcall message has gone out to all parents informing them of the closures."

The first three cases on Uist were only confirmed two days ago, on Friday September 25.

Earlier today four additional individuals in Uist were confirmed as positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 infection. 

All seven individuals were self-isolating at home and none have required hospital care, says NHS Western Isles.

Then by 22.40 tonight the number of positive tests was announced as 14, with more testing going on at the time. 

And this almost triples the number of cases officially known on the Outer Hebrides to 22.  This compares to almost 60 in Shetland and 22 in Orkney, both of which have smaller populations.

The earlier report in full is on:

(This story has been significantly updated since being posted for the first time at 22.45 on Sunday September 27)