COVID-19: NHS Western Isles reports first two cases of virus in the islands

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NHS Western Isles has today (Tuesday, March 31) confirmed its first cases of COVID-19 after two people from Lewis tested positive.

A Comhairle spokesperson, said: ‘Whilst disappointing this is not unexpected and for several weeks now the Comhairle has been preparing, along with Public Health and other partner agencies, for such an eventuality.

‘It is now more important than ever before that everyone follows the Scottish Government advice – particularly to stay at home unless absolutely essential – and to observe physical distancing.’

SNP MSP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar Alasdair Allan said the news that the two people have confirmed positive for COVID-19 was concerning.

‘My thoughts are with the individuals involved and their families, and I hope they make a full and speedy recovery,’ he added.

‘This news shows that no corner of Scotland is safe from the virus. I know that health and other essential services in the islands are doing an exceptional job.

‘We now need to help them now by trying to contain the spread of the virus within the islands and across Scotland. I would urge all islanders to help save lives and please stay at home.’