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Over 100 cases of Covid-19 on Bute

Rothesay Town has the highest positivity rate in Scotland

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By Megan Bonar
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Over 100 cases of Covid-19 on Bute
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Daily Covid-19 figures released today show a total of 110 cases recorded on the Isle of Bute in the last seven days.

Rothesay Town currently has the highest positivity rate in the country, recording 79 news cases in the past week.

Elsewhere on Bute a further 31 cases have been recorded, taking the islands total into triple figures.

According to travellingtabby.com, these figures mean that around two percent of the town currently has Covid-19.

The figures released today over on the Public Health Scotland website cover the period of time between August 14 and 20.

With the increase in cases on the Isle of Bute the area will now have a Mobile Testing Unit (MTU) available to provide additional PCR testing capacity.

The MTU will be on site on the 23 and 25 August at Rothesay Leisure Centre, 96 High Street, Rothesay, PA20 9BN between the hours of 11:00 and 15:30.

Testing is available through appointment only but everyone, whether you have symptoms or not, can be tested here given the community outbreak. To book an appointment, you can contact NHS Inform online or by calling 0800 028 2816. When booking you should select the option ‘I have been asked to book a test by my local council or health protection team’ which will allow you to book a test even if you don’t have symptoms.

Argyll and Bute as a whole recorded 397 new cases.

Dr Tim Allison, Director of Public Health for NHS Highland, said: “We have seen quite a significant increase in the last few days in NHS Highland which is concerning. Whilst the number of people being admitted to hospital is lower than previous waves, the impact of COVID-19 on those affected, their families, local schools and businesses remains significant.

“Everyone has played their part so well in keeping the numbers down which is why we are able to enjoy the new freedoms that we have. There are still lots of things we can all do to help limit the spread even though many of the previous restrictions have eased.

“Wearing face masks when inside or in crowded areas, regular hand washing, regular testing using LFD tests when you have no symptoms and, when invited, please come forward to get vaccinated. All of these will help us in keeping the COVID numbers down.”

“This is a significant situation and we are expecting the case numbers to rise further with the recent relaxation of measures. Communities should remain vigilant. We do have a higher number of people in the area at the moment which is to be expected but I would really urge caution for everyone.”