HM Coastguard came in for particular praise today (Thursday January 21) for their “mission-critical” assistance after a “fairly last-minute request” for assistance to enable the mass vaccination event in Ionad Spòrs Leòdhais to go ahead.

This announcement was part of the latest evening update from NHS Western Isles Chief Executive Gordon Jamieson who also thanked all the other NHS and CnES staff involved.

On Twitter, Murdo Macaulay, HM Coastguard Area Commander for the Western Isles, Skye and Lochaber, said: "Thanks for your kind words, Gordon. It’s a privilege for us to be able to contribute to the islands combined response. One big team effort."

Mr Jamieson explained there were no new cases of #COVID19 in the Western Isles recorded today. One additional Covid-19 victim had to be flown to hospital from Barra. 

NHSWI did have a challenge with getting their latest tests from Barra to Stornoway, but thanks to emergency partner agencies providing mutual aid when ferry services were disrupted, they arrived safely and revealed no positive results.

Only person missed their appointment for a vaccination at Ionad Spòrs Leòdhais out of about 460, despite the poor weather conditions.

Meanwhile two cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Shetland, according to the latest government data. NHS Shetland said they are once again linked to extended family clusters. It means that a total of 205 cases have been recorded in the isles since the pandemic began last year.

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 there 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.

Scottish numbers: 21 January 2021

  • 1,636 new cases of COVID-19 reported
  • 27,873 new tests for COVID-19 reported results
  • 7.0% of these were positive
  • 89 new reported deaths of people who have tested positive 
  • 2,004 people are in hospital with recently confirmed COVID-19
  • 161 people are in intensive care with recently confirmed COVID-19
  • 334,871 people have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination
  • 4,466 have received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccination

 (This article has been updated with quotes from HM Coastguard since being first posted - in addition, some details have been corrected or added as the immensely ancient editor was clearly too sleepy to get all the words right last night!)