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Wick remains top of Covid infection tables in Highlands

By John Davidson

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Dr Tim Allison of NHS Highland: 'It is important that we remain vigilant for symptoms.'
Dr Tim Allison of NHS Highland: 'It is important that we remain vigilant for symptoms.'

Wick continues to have the highest rate of Covid infection in the Highlands.

A total of 50 cases were recorded in the latest seven-day period in the town, with 27 in Wick South and 23 in Wick North.

The figures, from Public Health Scotland, are for the period from October 12-18, and show that the town has the highest rate of infection per 100,000 population in the region.

Caithness South has a further nine cases, while Caithness North West and Caithness North East have five cases each.

In Thurso West, there were a further four cases and another three in Thurso East, bringing the total across the county to 76.

Earlier this week, NHS Highland warned of the need to remain vigilant as the coronavirus continues to spread in the community.

Dr Tim Allison said: “There is still a high level of transmission of Covid-19 within the Highlands and minimising spread remains vitally important.

“While Covid-19 is circulating at such high levels, we would advise you to try to minimise close contact with others to limit further spread within our communities.

“It is important that we remain vigilant for symptoms.

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

“Anyone that becomes unwell should isolate immediately and book a PCR test.”

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