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'Best chance of avoiding return to another lockdown' flagged by Highland group amid 'promising' trends on Covid-19 case load


By Hector MacKenzie

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AVOIDING coronavirus transmission while restrictions remain in place is the "best chance of avoiding a return of another lockdown".

The Safe Hands, Saves Life group, set up near the beginning of the pandemic's first lockdown, today hailed "very promising" trends in terms of Covid-19 case numbers in the Highlands.

Yesterday's Scottish Government update on statistics said that within the NHS Highland area there were only two new coronavirus infections recorded over the previous 24-hour period.

The region’s cumulative number of cases increased from 4959 to 4961 when the latest daily figures were released on Monday.

The Safe Hands group set up by GP Dr Ross Jaffrey today posted: "Some very promising trends forming regarding case numbers right across Scotland.

"To keep it like this we will need to test and isolate effectively when indicated. At this point one case detected will make an enormous difference for your community.

"Avoiding transmission while restrictions remain in place give us the best chance of avoiding a return of another lockdown."

No new deaths were registered among those who tested positive in the previous 28 days, according to the Scottish Government statistics.

They also showed that around 2.4 million Scots have now received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and more than 326,000 have had their second jag.

Two new cases recorded


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