Outbreak on Scottish island 'serious and escalating'

Outbreak on Scottish island 'serious and escalating'
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Health officials have described a Covid outbreak on Barra in Scotland's Western Isles as "serious, and escalating" after 17 further cases were identified.

There are now more than 110 people in isolation, after 27 positive cases were identified.

The number in isolation represents about a 10th of the island's total population. Two of those who tested positive have already been taken off the island for further treatment.

The latest cases come a day after Scotland's national clinical director Prof Jason Leitch said a number of outbreaks on Scottish islands were "believed to be under control".

NHS Western Isles chief executive Gordon Jamieson urged everyone on the island to limit contact with others.

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