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UPDATED: Coronavirus case cancelled

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HEALTH bosses have this afternoon confirmed that Dumfries and Galloway is still officially coronavirus free – after a confusing 24 hours in which a case was detected and then cancelled . . . but has still been included on government figures.

And members of the public are being told to disregard today’s Scottish Government update, which still shows one case in Dumfries and Galloway.

Just after 2 pm today, a spokesman for Dumfries and Galloway Health and Social Care Partnership revealed that the government figures won’t be amended until 2 pm tomorrow (Weds), but he said: “As it stands at present there is not a confirmed case of COVID-19 within Dumfries and Galloway.”

So far, 50 tests have taken place locally and the potential case surfaced at the start of the week but has now been categorically ruled out after further testing.

Explaining more, the spokesman said: “The situation is that we had an initial test which pointed towards being positive but was not conclusive. This prompted a retest, which conclusively stated that this not coronavirus.”

But he warned it is inevitable’ that some will be detected.

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