A further 28 people have sadly died in Scotland who had tested positive for Covid 19.
Another positive case has also been confirmed in Orkney where the cumulative total is now at 32.
The number of people in hospital is at 1,117 with 85 in intensive care.
Tomorrow, Thursday, the Scottish Government will announce which tier each local area will be going into with Orkney expected to be at Level 1.
Orkney constituency MSP, LibDem, Liam McArthur has been pressing for even more easing of restrictions in the islands. Commenting on the tiers he said:
“Orkney looks set to be placed in level one, which should allow limited gatherings both indoors as well as outdoors. However, the First Minister has now confirmed that the ban on meeting indoors with other households will remain in place, even in level one areas.
“This will come as a real blow to many who had been hoping for some respite. Indeed, as we head into winter, expecting people to meet outdoors is increasingly unrealistic.
“I recognise the First Minister attempt to reassure islanders that this restriction would be kept under review and lifted as soon as possible. However, for the sake of public confidence and compliance, I would urge Nicola Sturgeon to look again at this aspect of the government’s approach”.
There has been a very good rate of compliance in Orkney with the public health measures put in place to keep everyone safe and to avoid the spread on the virus. Islanders are aware of the devastating impact it would have if the virus was to take hold in the community.
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