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Highland Council leader in clarity call on guidance as concerns over 'very large outbreaks' of Covid flagged


By Andrew Dixon

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Councillor Margaret Davidson.
Councillor Margaret Davidson.

Highland Council leader Margaret Davidson has expressed her concern at the developing Covid situation across the region.

There has been a surge in recorded coronavirus cases across the country since pandemic-related restrictions eased.

Councillor Davidson said: “I am very concerned about the exponential rise in cases in Highland.

"We are seeing the impact of this particularly in our schools. Around half our schools have been affected since term began and we are experiencing some very large outbreaks.

"This is causing extreme pressures for all our staff and for the NHS. On top of this we have many large gatherings occurring and there are very few national restrictions to prevent or limit these super-spreader types of events.

“We have always worked very closely with the health protection team who do a sterling job and together, our staff and the NHS team have managed local outbreaks very well. However, since the change in self-isolation guidance, the level of cases has become almost unmanageable and there is considerable disruption to learning and to communities.

"We need the Scottish Government to look at this again and provide some clarity over the situation we now find ourselves in.”

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