Once again, there were no further cases of Covid-19 anywhere in the Western Isles yesterday (Wednesday October 28) NHS Western Isles reported last night.
This leaves the complete total number of cases on the Islands, according to NHS Western Isles, since the start of the pandemic, at 61 - with 50 in South Uist, Ersikay and Benbecula, one in North Uist, and now 10 in total on Lewis, following the recent three cases reported last week.
NHS Western Isles chief executive Gordon Jamieson last night pointed out that everything might change on Monday (November 2) with the start of the new 5 Levels of restrictions.
According to summaries published nationally, the islands could be put in either Level 0 or Level 1.
Level 0: “Broadly comparable to the position we reached in August when the virus was very suppressed in Scotland but still a threat. At this level we would be able to meet indoors with eight people from three households and most businesses would be open, albeit with safety measures in place.” Nightclubs would stay shut, for instance.
Level 1: “Sees slightly more restrictions, household meetings would reduce to six people from two households but there would still be a reasonable degree of normality overall.”
It's now suggested that whatever the planned Levels say, the restrictions on meeting others indoors will remain in force.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are:
- A high temperature (37.8C of greater)
- And/or a new and continuous cough
- And/or a loss or change in your sense of smell and/or taste.