There were no additional positive cases of Covid-19 recorded in the Western Isles yesterday (Friday January 22).

However, none of the samples from Barra – where the total number of positive cases stands at 45 – reached Stornoway in time for testing.

This was stated in the update last night from NHS Western Isles Chief Executive Gordon Jamieson.

He said: “Regrettably, a small number of tests could not be transported today from Barra so these will be transported and reported tomorrow, along with test results from that day.  We apologise for this delay. “

It was reported elsewhere that the ferry services from Barra to Eriskay was halted for a time because of Covid-19 affecting the crew. 

Meanwhile another death of a person who had confirmed Covid-19 has been registered in Shetland. The news was included in yesterday’s update from Public Health Scotland. It is the third Covid death to have been recorded in Shetland this year. One further positive case of coronavirus in Shetland has also been confirmed and two people with Covid are ‘stable’ in hospital there.

In Orkney, three new cases of COVID-19 have been attributed to a single vessel. The new cases bring the total number of test-positive cases recorded in Orkney to date to 56. NHS Orkney say these cases unrelated to any previous local COVID infection.

Scottish summary: 22 January 2021

  • 1,480 new cases of COVID-19 reported
  • 26,054 new tests for COVID-19 reported results
  • 6.9% of these were positive
  • 71 new reported deaths of people who have tested positive 
  • 2,053 people are in hospital with recently confirmed COVID-19
  • 161 people are in intensive care with recently confirmed COVID-19
  • 358,454 people have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination 
  • 4,689 have received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccination