NHS chief unable to comment on coronavirus contact speculation

Michael Dickson, CEO of NHS Shetland, says the health agency cannot comment on local speculation that a local person was contacted by the tracking team after being with someone who tested positive for coronavirus in mainland Scotland.

He said this was due to patient confidentiality.

However, Dickson said that "people should be reassured that we will contact them if they have come into contact with a person who is at significant risk or has been tested positive".

"Contacts from confirmed cases are also asked to isolate themselves for 14 days regardless of whether they have symptoms or not," he said.

"If they develop symptoms during the 14 days, they are tested, and if they are positive, they must continue to isolate themselves until they are healthy, which is no less than 14 days from the time of the test.

“It is important to remember that Covid-19 has not disappeared. It is likely that it will only be a matter of time before we see more cases in the Shetland Islands.

"We want to remind people to keep following the physical distance instructions, wear a mask when necessary, and wash your hands."

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