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All clear for coronavirus

DUMFRIES and Galloway remains clear of coronavirus, but cases have been confirmed just miles away.

A person in Ayr became the third in Scotland to test positive and a couple in Carlisle have also returned a positive result.

There have been 15 tests carried out in this region but all have come back negative.

This week, the region’s medical director Dr Kenneth Donaldson has warned of the impact a virus outbreak could have in this area. He said: “If there are large numbers of infections this is likely to place additional pressures on healthcare resources.”

And offering reassurance, Scotland chief medical officer Dr Catherine Calderwood said: “Scotland is well equipped to deal with infections of this kind. “We have a proven track record of dealing with challenging health issues, and have been preparing for this possibility since the beginning of the outbreak.

“We practice and prepare our response to disease outbreaks and follow tried and tested procedures, following the highest safety standards possible for the protection of NHS staff, patients and the public.”

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