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Public honesty over symptoms and caution from re-opened businesses remain key to keeping on top of coronavirus crisis, says Highland GP amid encouraging signs


By Hector MacKenzie

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Dr Ross Jaffrey last year launched the Safe Hands, Saves Lives campaign and has continued to provide well-received updates on the pandemic. Picture: Callum Mackay
Dr Ross Jaffrey last year launched the Safe Hands, Saves Lives campaign and has continued to provide well-received updates on the pandemic. Picture: Callum Mackay

PEOPLE being honest about and acting quickly on Covid-19 symptoms and businesses being proactive about precautions as they open up remain key to keeping on top of the crisis.

Consistently low Covid-19 case rates have been welcomed by a Highland group which has been monitoring the crisis and offering helpful advice from a medical perspective since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

Dr Ross Jaffrey of the Safe Hands, Saves Lives group – initially set up to promote good hand hygiene at the beginning of the crisis – made his remarks in the wake of yesterday's figures from the NHS Highland area.

Scottish Government statistics showed just one new case recorded yesterday.

Dr Jaffrey, who has been involved in a number of vaccination clinics and has patients in Muir of Ord and Beauly, said: "Case rates remain low and consistently so.

"It really is looking very favourable and is likely the correct time to relax rules. The 'reopening' of venues combined with increased social interaction comes with risk but we all know what to do to avoid infection.

"The venues I have attended these past few days were extremely proactive in collecting contact details for test and protect, it was not an anxiety provoking experience.

"Meeting family and friends is also so important for wellbeing, particularly after such a long time apart for many. We remain heavily reliant on others around us to be honest about symptoms, continue to self-isolate and seek a PCR test if you do."

One new case logged in NHS Highland area


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