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Delta variant behind rise in cases

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By Fiona Reid
Delta variant behind rise in cases

CASES of the new Delta Variant are now known to be fuelling the growth of a Covid-19 cluster in Upper Nithsdale.

And additional testing is being introduced in the area, with everyone in Sanquhar, Kelloholm and the immediate surrounding communities being encouraged to take up the opportunity to be tested – whether or not they have symptoms.

Public health consultant Dr Andrew Rideout said: “Covid-19 cases are being detected across the region, and this was to be expected as we continue to ease out of lockdown.

“However, there have been a growing number of cases in Upper Nithsdale in the last few days that we know are fuelled at least in part by the new Delta Variant.

“It seems that this new variant is particularly easy to spread and to catch. However, it does rely on human interaction to spread, and that’s where the ongoing FACTS guidance is so important.”

He listed the main symptoms as an increased temperature, a new, continuous cough and change to or loss of sense of taste and/or smell.

Dr Rideout added: “Wherever you are in the region, if you’ve been approached by the Test and Protect Team due to having contact with someone with Covid-19 we’d ask you to listen to their advice about what you and your household can do to help break the chain of transmission and protect loved ones, neighbours and the wider community.

“Covid-19 can be spread by people of all ages, both between the old and the very young, including children.

“Testing continues to be a great way to detect cases, including those where the person may not be experiencing any symptoms.”

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The doctor also stressed the important role of vaccination and said: “The programme is continuing to move down through the age groups. Getting vaccinated if you haven’t already done so is hugely important – in order for all of use to be able to get back to safe, more normal lives, protecting communities, local businesses and employers, as well as the freedoms we all want to enjoy.”

Meanwhile, 36 new cases have been detected in Dumfries and Galloway in the last seven days.


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