Highland MSP and Scottish Government finance minister Kate Forbes urges people not to use the Highlands as a base for self-isolation during coronavirus Covid-19 crisis
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A Highland MSP has responded to concerns that people may be travelling to the Highlands to self-isolate as coronavirus continues to spread.
Kate Forbes, MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch tweeted: "If you live elsewhere, please don’t use the Highlands as your means of self-isolation.
"People live here who are trying to follow government guidance and the continuing flow of campervans and other traffic who appear to be escaping the cities is not helping."
Councillor Ken Gowans, for Inverness South, added his support to Ms Forbes's call.
"The Highlands is NOT the place to self-isolate," he tweeted.
"We have remote and rural communities and remote and rural services.
"Your safest place is at home – seriously. Do not add to the burden of our amazing staff@HighlandCouncil, @scotgov.
"We cannot guarantee a traditional Highland welcome."
Today the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Highlands rose to eight, up from six yesterday.
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