For the first time in more than a fortnight, there have been no new confirmed cases of Covid-19 anywhere in the Western Isles.

This was welcome news, particularly in relation to the South Uist hotspot and was again the reason for "cautious optimism" said the latest video update on Twitter last night from NHS Western Isles Chief Executive, Gordon Jamieson.

This standstill means the complete total number of cases on the Islands since the start of the pandemic remains at 54 with no recorded loss of life. According to national figures from the NHS, this gives a seven-day rate of cases per 100,000 of 67.4 compared to Highland on 19.5, Shetland of zero; and Glasgow City of 248.5.  

And the Western Isles NHS  lso launched a video with Peat & Diesel to communicate "in a lighthearted way the importance of hand washing and also lift everyone’s spirits."

To view ‘That’s the way we wash them’ visit: https://vimeo.com/466529787

Inspired by their smash hit song ‘That’s the way we do it in the Western Isles’, the NHS said this was a reflection of the need to get important messages across to younger members of our community in new ways.

"The light-hearted video highlights the importance of handwashing during the coronavirus pandemic, in a way that should make you smile. Whilst it’s not intended in any way to be educational or an instruction video, the handwashing message (and lyrics) get an important message across, and at the same time, will lift your spirits!

"The message is communicated in the unmistakable tongue-in-cheek Peat & Diesel style, and features the band in never-before-seen footage."

Gordon Jamieson said: “We are delighted to team up with Peat & Diesel once again.  By having their support we can reach our younger age groups with some important messages. The intention of the video is clearly to raise awareness of the importance of hand washing and is not intended to be an accurate demonstration (which is provided in our Infection Control video at: https://vimeo.com/464916296). 

"We want to sincerely thank Peat and Diesel, and to Wee Studio Records for again supporting us get important messages across. Not only does this band create some excellent music, Peat and Diesel have been strong and invaluable supporters of the local NHS and have helped raise awareness of important messages on several occasions. We are extremely grateful for their ongoing support.”

Peat and Diesel accordionist, Innes Scott, said: “Peat and Diesel were only too delighted to again lend their support to NHS Western Isles and we hope our music continues to spread important health messages.  We hope you enjoy the video!”

To view ‘That’s the way we wash them’ visit: https://vimeo.com/466529787