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68 New #Covid Cases Recorded in Orkney Since Thursday

The cumulative total of Covid cases in Orkney is now at 5,473.

From 28th of May to 3rd of June there were 77 positive Covid cases recorded in Orkney, a positivity rate of 343.8 per 100,000. (The positivity rate for Scotland over the same period was 137.7 per 100,000)

The stats published on the PHS website for 8th of June 2022 are as follows:

The Covid stats for Scotland are now only being published weekly, every Wednesday, by Public Health Scotland. PHS no longer report the number of deaths due to Covid. Those will only be available on a Thursday from NRS.

There have been 178,998 deaths in the UK to date within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19. As of 29th May 2022, there have been a total of 14,799 deaths registered in Scotland where the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was mentioned on the death certificate.

There are estimated to be 2million people in the UK who have long Covid.

“Long covid symptoms adversely affected the day-to-day activities of 1.4 million people (71%) of those who self-reported long covid, with 20% reporting that their ability to go about day-to-day activities had been “limited a lot.”

Fatigue was the most common symptom reported (55% of those who self-reported long covid), followed by shortness of breath (32%), a cough (23%), and muscle ache (23%).

Of the two million, 1.4 million had covid-19 at least 12 weeks previously, while 826 000 had it at least one year previously and 376 000 said they had it at least two years previously.

Self-reported long covid was highest in people aged 35 to 69; women; people living in more deprived areas; those working in social care, education, or healthcare; and those with another health condition or disability.

Of people with self-reported long covid, 30% first had covid-19 before alpha became the dominant variant, compared with 12% in the alpha period, 21% in the delta period, and 31% in the omicron period.” Covid-19: Two million people in the UK are estimated to be experiencing long covid, says ONS

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  • stay at home if you’re unwell with symptoms or have a fever
  • open windows when socialising indoors
  • wear a face covering in indoor public places and on public transport
  • wash your hands to protect yourself

Care for yourself and others to help slow down the spread of the virus and reduce pressure on our health services.

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  1. Would this high number be anything to do with the Folk Festival weekend before last?

    And/or the increased number of Cruise Liners?

    So many people are behaving as though it’s gone away – IT HASN’T!!!!

    And it’s not just numbers – it’s people being ill – off work……

  2. There was recently an article in the Guardian. About the ‘social’ end of the pandemic which is more or less due to perception, some form of fatigue, a reluctance to multi-tackling of several simultaneously happening crises…
    It feels a bit like dancing on a volcano I find. Nobody pays (or wants to pay) attention to developments, nobody follows what is happening in other countries like Portugal where a highly vaccinated society now experiences increasing hospitalisation and death rates. As in the beginning of the pandemic, we don’t keep tabs… and we don’t really apply any precautionary principles.
    What will we do if – in a worst nightmare scenario which hopefully will not unfold – a harsh Covid autumn/winter lies ahead, we did not contain monkeypox and might even see co-infections (because people can get infected with different viruses at the same time) and lastly on top of all this we get a strain of avian flu which manages to jump from birds to (domestic) mammals and eventually humans?
    Would we have the capacity and capability to deal with more than one pandemic or a pandemic and an epidemic at the same time?

    My (unscientific, because there are not many academics looking into these possible combinations) gut feeling tells me that 2022 has a potential to develop into the “year of the diseases” for a global community already heading for recession, poverty, famine, conflicts, a public health burden of long Covid…

    • I’m sorry to say that I have been seeing things this way too. Not wanting to be a harbinger of doom – but adding it all up as you have done here.

      And it’s not just us humans, it’s other creatures too – bird flu is killing the birds – a walk on Aikerness Beach presented two dead Gannets and a dead Puffin. Not high numbers, but I’d never seen a dead Puffin before and, for some reason it is particularly disturbing. That is being sentimental, but ….I was then putting the pieces together – the increase in and wide spread of diseases, climate change, pollution – diseases which are helped by climate change and pollution. Yes, I thought this too – we are heading into something very dark indeed. While so many people will not look at it.

      We stay home – and I get stick for that from some people. My life, my choice – but that’s only for me, it doesn’t change what might be happening to the world – the whole world.

      And then there’s the increasing anger and plain nastiness of attitude by humans towards each other and other creatures – add it all up – where are we going?

      And if I stay home and survive, I won’t be much use in the post-catastrophe world. I’m old and knackered. It’s the young who should be taking notice and taking care. But – they are jetting off on holidays and cramming into event venues.

      End of rant.

      I’ll keep on keeping on but, as I say – that’s only me and Mike. He has to go into work today – not happy about it – but he will take care – great care.

      https://theorkneynews.scot/2017/11/05/keep-on-keeping-on/