A care home resident in South Uist has died three weeks after testing positive for Covid-19.

The death at the Sacred Heart Care Home in Daliburgh follows the Covid outbreak in Uist.

In a joint statement, NHS Western Isles and and Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar said the resident died about three weeks after being tested.

The statement points out that: "Any individual who sadly passes away within 28 days of a positive test for COVID-19 infection, will have this confirmed as a COVID-19 death by ​Public Health Scotland, regardless of any other contributory factors."

The statement goes on: "Following the positive test all care was carried out using the appropriate personal protective equipment in order to reduce the risk of transmission of infection to either other residents or staff.

"Residents are tested routinely for Covid-19 twice a week, and the past three sets of results have shown no positive tests amongst residents."

The two authorities expressed their condolences to the resident's family and loved ones.

The complete total number of cases on the Islands, according to NHS Western Isles, since the start of the pandemic is 56.  There have been 48 cases in South Uist, one in North Uist, and seven on Lewis.  National figures show a total of 58 cases but NHS Western Isles retested two of those and said they were false positives.