It's now clear that cases of Covid-19 across the Western Isles started to rise again a week ago.
The Zoe Covid study is now estimating there are 9 more active cases across the Islands than a week ago.
While Public Health Scotlands statistics show that the incidence of cases /100,000 started to rise again from Sunday November 21, from 132.1 to 139.6 by November 24, the last day for which these figures are available.
Meanwhile internationally a whole host of new travel restrictions are being imposed; England is supposedly moving to adopt France's and Scotland's policy on masks and face-coverings; and media outlets in the hugely wealthy countries of the West are ganging up to blame impoverished Southern Africa for the latest outbreak.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted last night: "There are no confirmed cases of Omicron in 🏴 yet, but we MUST act as if it’s already here. @scotgov is introducing new requirements for travellers, but we all have a part to play in beating this new threat. So 🙏
Wash hands 🙌
Get vaccines 💉 &
Test before socialising
Locally, NHSWI reported 8 new cases yesterday (Saturday : all Lewis: 4 new, 2 contacts of existing cases and 2 where contact tracing is ongoing.
Of these, 4 are schoolchildren).
NHSWI have 3 flu/COVID booster drop-in clinics today:
- Western Isles Hospital for those aged 40+ (9am-12noon & 1-4pm)
- Uist and Barra Hospital for those aged 55+ (9am - 12 & 1-4pm)
- Barra Learning Centre for those aged 50+ (9am - 4pm).
All clinics are also open to unpaid carers, NHS and frontline social care staff, those with underlying health conditions that put them at additional risk, and those who live in a household where someone is immunosuppressed.
- 2,287 new cases of COVID-19 reported
- 29,800 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results
- 8.2% of these were positive
- 17 new reported deaths of people who have tested positive
- 727 people were in hospital yesterday with recently confirmed COVID-19
- 53 people were in intensive care yesterday with recently confirmed COVID-19
- 4,344,043 people have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination
- 3,945,451 have received their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccination
- 1,598,749 have received a third dose or booster