Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has urged close adherence to public health guidance in light of the recent spread of COVID-19 in South Uist and Eriskay.

14 positive cases have been confirmed by Sunday (27 September), leading to the closure of Uist schools, the Daliburgh care home, Cothrom Òg nursery and Am Politician pub on Eriskay.

A problem assessment group has been organised the next steps and the team has been working with the Scottish government and Public Health Scotland to provide advice and support.

The individuals, which represent the first confirmed cases in Na h-Eileanan an Iar since June, are self-isolating at home with mild symptoms.

Alasdair Allan MSP said:

“I can only urge everyone to adhere closely to public health guidance. If you develop symptoms, you can book a test using the local phoneline on 01851 601 151. The symptoms are a new persistent cough, a fever or loss of smell or taste.

“If you have questions about self-isolating, testing or symptoms, your first port of call is

“Please limit your contact with other households and avoid car-sharing. Ensure physical distancing and good hand hygiene. People should work from home if they can and avoid non-essential travel. We all need to abide by public health guidance, which matters now more than ever.”

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