Outer Hebrides, Island sanctuary


Scotland’s Western Isles may be the only area of the UK in which no one has died with Covid-19. As of Tuesday, only six of the archipelago’s 27,000 permanent residents had been diagnosed with the virus. With no new cases reported since 11 April, it appears an early decision to ban non-essential ferry travel to the islands may have paid off. It could also be that islanders, knowing the limitations of the local NHS services, were quicker than average to embrace lockdown. Greater Glasgow and Clyde is NHS Scotland’s worst hit region, with 513 deaths.




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