An RAF A400M Atlas aircraft was tasked to fly a critically ill patient from the Shetland Islands to intensive care in Aberdeen.
During a press conference Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, said:
“We’ve had to call on military help to transport a patient from one of Scotland’s islands for treatment.”
Earlier today the Scottish Government confirmed that the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Shetland remained at 24, while the number of Scottish cases has now risen to 416.
The ongoing global Coronavirus pandemic spread to the United Kingdom in January 2020. Transmission within the UK was confirmed in February, leading to an epidemic with a rapid increase in cases in March. As of the 22nd of March, after testing 72,818 people, there have been 5,683 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the UK and 281 people with confirmed infection have died.