NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde are urging residents to get tested to determine how prevalent the virus is in the area.
Glasgow has now overtaken Moray as Scotland’s Covid hotspot, and an epidemiologist warned the country is seeing a “loss of control” of the pandemic in some areas.
Latest figures published on Friday showed there were 80.4 cases per 100,000 people in Glasgow in the seven days to May 11, pushing it ahead of Moray where there were 68.9.
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Nicola Sturgeon confirmed today that both areas will remain under Level 3 restrictions while the rest of the Scottish mainland has been given the go ahead to move to Level 2 on Monday.
In a statement, the health board said: “We would strongly encourage members of the public, particularly those living in the most affected areas of Glasgow, to visit their local asymptomatic testing centre and take a COVID-19 test.
“This will determine whether members of the public have the virus even if they do not have any symptoms.
“We have made lateral flow home test kits available at all of our test centres, so that people can undertake regular testing at home and we are reviewing options for PCR kits to be made more readily available.
“People can also order self-use LFD test kits for home delivery via the Scottish Government Universal Testing Offer.”
The statement continued: “For people who do have the virus and need to self-isolate, support is available, including a £500 self-isolation support grant for low income workers. People who do not have family or community support can also call the National Assistance Helpline on 0800 111 4000, or contact via textphone on 0800 111 4114.
“We are actively pursuing ways to ensure vaccination uptake is as high as possible in the areas with the largest increases of cases. This will include encouraging and supporting people who previously opted not to receive their vaccination to arrange an appointment. We will be contacting these individuals directly and offering them appointments in the coming weeks.
“While the latest evidence suggests vaccines provide a high level of protection against the effects of COVID-19, they don’t yet provide a guarantee that you can’t still get the virus or pass it on to people around you.
“We would like to encourage all residents of Greater Glasgow and Clyde to continue to follow Scottish Government guidelines, take your vaccination when offered and make use of our asymptomatic testing facilities to ensure if you unknowingly have the virus, you can then self-isolate and help to stop the spread.”
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