Plea for continued caution as Covid cases increase

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Argyll and Bute residents are being urged to take regular tests to help slow, and eventually halt, the current increase in Covid-19 cases.

Councillor Kieron Green, Argyll and Bute Council’s policy lead on health and social care, spoke at a virtual meeting of the council last Thursday, June 24, as the area reached almost 200 cases per 100,000 residents, according to Public Health Scotland figures.

But he added that he understood that the area had the second highest proportion of residents taking tests across Scotland.

NHS Highland revealed last Thursday that there had been ‘a significant increase’ in Covid-19 cases across the health board area.

At the time, of the 32 local authorities in Scotland, Argyll and Bute was sitting in 10th place with respect to the highest rates of the virus across Scotland.

Dr Tim Allison, NHS Highland’s director of public health, said: ‘As well as an increase in cases, we are seeing an increasing number of outbreaks in our communities.

‘Covid-19 is spreading much more rapidly as a result of the Delta variant and because of the increase in mixing.

‘Given the rapid rise in cases, the contact tracing team are working extremely hard but it is taking a little bit longer to make contact. Please bear with them and continue to isolate and the team will be in touch as soon as they can.

‘I would also like to take the opportunity to thank the public for their engagement and for everything they are doing to try to reduce the spread within their local communities.

‘The vaccination programme is incredibly successful but not everyone has been vaccinated and it is vital that we are cautious until everyone has had an opportunity to be vaccinated.’

While the typical symptoms of Covid-19 are a new continuous cough, a high temperature or fever and a loss of or change in normal taste or smell, people can experience a wide range of symptoms including headache, sore muscles and joints, tiredness, sore throat, cold-like symptoms and diarrhoea and vomiting.

Anyone who becomes unwell should isolate immediately and seek a PCR test which can be booked through NHS Inform online or by calling 0800 028 2816.