Coronavirus has reached the most distant of the Scottish islands, with confirmation yesterday (Monday 9 March) that two people in Shetland have tested positive for the virus.

Both people had recently returned from a trip to Italy and a third person who has had contact with them has self-isolated.

NHS Shetland released a statement on Monday saying that they were working with partner organisations to actively monitor the two cases.

They said: “Clinicians have already begun contact tracing, the process of gathering details of the places they have visited and the people they have been in contact with since returning to the UK. Health protection teams will contact those who are at risk from the current cases – those who are not contacted are not at risk.”

The Shetland Times has reported today (Tuesday 10) that another family are self-isolating after two people became ill over the weekend.

NHS Shetland is one of the Scottish health boards which has a contained Coronavirus testing system at a healthcare facility. Testing arrangements in the NHS Western Isles board area have been confirmed as a community testing team, similar to that which is in place in NHS Fife and Lanarkshire.