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Orkney has taken over the lowest position on the Covid-19 infection table of local authorities, replacing the Western Isles as the number of infections here continues to rise again.

The level of infections in the Western Isles is now 147.2/100,000 compared to 133.9 in Orkney; 328.9 on average in Scotland; and 564.9 in Falkirk, presently the worst affected local authority area.  

The latest update from NHSWI Chief Executive Gordon Jamieson last night (Monday November 29) said there had been 16 new cases. Yesterday's and other recent breakdowns are listed below. 

29/11/21: 16 cases: 1 new case on Benbecula & 15 on Lewis (8 new, 6 contacts & 1 where contact tracing is ongoing). There have been 10 of school age over yesterday & today.

28/11/21: 13 cases: 2 contacts of existing cases on S Uist, 1 contact of an existing case on N Uist & 10 cases on Lewis (9 contacts of existing cases & 1 new).

27/11/21: 8 new cases: all Lewis: 4 new, 2 contacts of existing cases & 2 where contact tracing is ongoing (4 are schoolchildren).

26/11/21: 3 new cases: all on Lewis (2 new & 1 contact).

25/11/21: 7 new cases (1 new case on South Uist and 6 on Lewis (5 contacts and 1 new)

24/11/21: 6 new cases (1 new on North Uist and 5 on Lewis (2 contacts of existing cases and 3 linked new cases).  NOTE. Also had 1 additional case on South Harris that was unfortunately missed from an update at the beginning of the week.

23/11/21: 9 new cases (all on Lewis (5 contacts, 2 new and 2 where contact tracing is ongoing)

22/11/21: 5 new cases (all on Lewis (2 contacts of existing cases, 2 where contact tracing is ongoing and 1 new)

21/11/21: 2 new cases (both on Lewis, both contacts of existing cases)

There are a number of Uist covid booster & flu drop-in clinics this week. Second doses for anyone aged 16 or over are also available at these clinics. Please note that age group eligibility has been extended for these clinics, says NHSWI.


Scottish Summary: 29 November 2021

  • 2,244 new cases of COVID-19 reported
  • 22,133 new tests for COVID-19 reported results
  • 10.7% of these were positive
  • 0 new reported deaths of people who have tested positive (noting that Register Offices are now generally closed at weekends)
  • 715 people were in hospital yesterday with recently confirmed COVID-19
  • 52 people were in intensive care yesterday with recently confirmed COVID-19
  • 4,345,855 people have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination
  • 3,948,483 have received their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccination
  • 1,659,464 have received a third dose or booster