The total number of cases of Covid-19 involved in the outbreak on Barra and Vatersay is now 49, according NHS Western Isles Chief Executive Gordon Jamieson, speaking on social media last night (Monday January 25).

This followed a single new case of COVID-19 on Barra. That individual had to be airlifted to hospital in Stornoway.  It is understood that brings to the total of people airlifted off Barra to six. Half have been flown to Stornoway; the others to hospitals on the mainland.

Mr Jamieson stated that: “Whilst the number of new cases is currently low, we would remind anyone with symptoms to immediately self-isolate and arrange a test.”

Mr Jamieson is attracting praise on Facebook for his nightly videos. “Thank you so much for update. Look forward to when there will not be any new ones! Wish all those who are ill a speedy recovery!” said one follower.

Another commented: “Thank you for all your daily updates Gordon, they are most appreciated, it is not every health board C.E.O. that takes the time to keep the community informed. God bless you.”

Meanwhile a single further case of Covid has been registered in both Shetland and Orkney, according to the Scottish Government’s daily figures.

It means that a total of 209 positive cases have been recorded in Shetland since the pandemic began last year.  The new case appears to be linked to travel, NHS Shetland said.

The Orkney case is a contact of a previous case but is not related to the three recent cases on the Caspian K fishing vessel.

Scottish Summary: 25 January 2021

  • 752 new cases of COVID-19 reported
  • 10,326 new tests for COVID-19 reported results
  • 8.6% of these were positive
  • 4 new reported deaths of people who have tested positive (noting that Register Offices are now generally closed at weekends)
  • 2,016 people are in hospital with recently confirmed COVID-19
  • 151 people are in intensive care with recently confirmed COVID-19
  • 415,402 people have received the first dose of the Covid vaccination
  • 5,538 have received their second dose of the Covid vaccination