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By Fiona Reid
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Covid rampages through region

HOSPITALISATIONS due to covid almost doubled in the last week.

And yesterday there were 30 people in the region’s hospitals as a result of the virus, compared to 16 last week.

Moffat is a particular hotspot, with 64 cases recorded recently.

Official figures also showed a huge jump in new positive cases across Dumfries and Galloway of 816 in seven days, compared to 698 the week before.

It means Dumfries and Galloway has one of the worst virus rates in Scotland currently, with a seven day positive rate per 100,000 population of 533.4 as of 13 November.

Commenting, Andrew Rideout, Consultant in Public Health at NHS Dumfries and Galloway, said: “We have been continuing to see increasing numbers of covid cases within the region over the last few weeks, with data suggesting those who are not vaccinated being more affected.

“For this reason we are encouraging everyone to take up the opportunity for full covid vaccination, as well as the flu vaccination if eligible.

“The ongoing increase in cases we have being recording since the end of the summer is impacting to varying degrees on services, staffing, the ability for businesses to function, and on our communities as a whole.

“So we really do need everyone to do what they can to help. As we find ourselves indoors more the potential for spread is of ongoing concern.”

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