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‘Significant increase’ in Covid cases

Businesses close and some pupils to isolate

By Megan Bonar

NHS Highland has this week reported a significant increase in cases of Covid-19 in Argyll and Bute.

The first two weeks of June saw more than double the number of cases in the area compared to the whole of May combined.

According to Scottish Coronavirus tracking website there have been 27 positive tests in Argyll and Bute today (June 17).

While the increase has been particularly marked in Oban and Helensburgh, we know of at least four businesses in the local area which have had to close because of infections among staff.

All businesses say any affected customers will be contacted by NHS Track and Trace.

We also understand that a number of primary schools and nurseries in Dunoon are this afternoon (June 17) giving out advice for certain classes/pupils to isolate.

NHS Highland stressed that while restrictions have been easing, Covid-19 has not gone away and it is vital that people in the area remain cautious and follow guidance on how to stay safe and limit the spread of the virus.

Between June 8 and June 14 there were 62 positive cases in Argyll and Bute according to Public Health Scotland, four of which were in Cowal North and five in the Hunters Quay area.

NHS Highland director of public health, Dr Tim Allison, said: “This has been such a challenging time for our communities but, thanks to everyone and how well they have followed the guidance, we are starting to see more freedom with the move to level one, or level zero for our island communities.

“Covid, however, has not gone away and the rapid increase in Argyll and Bute is concerning. In addition to the impacts on those directly affected by Covid-19, we are seeing wider impacts with local businesses and multiple schools affected.”

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