Na h-Eileanan an Iar MSP Alasdair Allan has called for ‘preparation, not panic’ as the latest advice is issued on Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Scotland.

As of this lunchtime (Wednesday 4 March) the Scottish Government has confirmed that three people have tested positive for the virus in Scotland. They are in Tayside, Grampian and Ayrshire. They are all reportedly clinically well and are receiving treatment.

Dr Allan today confirmed that he had written to the Scottish Government to ask for information on island resilience plans in the event of an outbreak in the Western Isles.

NHS Western Isles and GP practices in the islands have posted links to public information on how to behave during a virus outbreak. The NHS across Scotland is also contacting people who have spent 15 minutes or more within two metres of someone infected.

A helpline has been set up for people who do not have symptoms but are looking for general information at 0800 028 2816. Those who think they may have the virus or have recently travelled to an affected area are encouraged to contact their GP or call NHS 24 on 111.

Dr Allan said today: “It is critical not to panic, but rather to follow the advice and guidance of health officials. It is likely that more people in Scotland will test positive, however, people can take several basic hygiene measures—such as washing hands frequently—to significantly reduce chances of getting the illness.

“I would like to thank and commend our health professionals for their tireless efforts to reduce the spread of Coronavirus spread in the country. I would also recommend that people visit nhsinform.scot for updates and more information from the NHS.”