At 2pm on Wednesday, an NHS Dumfries and Galloway spokesman confirmed that two people from within the region have tested positive for coronavirus – and two more cases are presumptive.
These mark the first confirmed diagnoses of the disease within the region, but cases had been expected in Dumfries and Galloway – with numbers across Scotland as a whole having now increased to stand at 227.
Medical Director Dr Kenneth Donaldson said: “Diligent work by clinicians carrying out tests on people who may have been exposed to COVID-19 has resulted in our first two cases being identified and confirmed.
“Identifying coronavirus cases allows us to take steps to isolate and slow the spread of the virus.
“It is important to remember that for the very large majority of people who become infected this will be a mild illness, but preparations have been put in place to ensure medical support when that is required.”
The daily update and new figures are expected for the region at 2pm.