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Is omicron on the wane?

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By Fiona Reid
Is omicron on the wane?

THE omicron peak looks to have passed in the region with a sharp decline in covid recorded in the last week.

In the seven days up to yesterday there were 777 new positive cases detected through PCR testing in Dumfries and Galloway, compared to 2906 the week before.

However, new guidance means people who record positive lateral flow tests no longer have to go for a PCR, so the latest data from the Scottish Government might not give the full picture.

Health bosses say the decline reflects the national decrease and Dumfries and Galloway’s director of public health Valerie White said: “After two weeks of nearly 3000 new cases a week, this decrease is welcome – but we can’t risk complacency.

“These are still extremely high numbers of cases, and each case represents a risk to the health of that infected person, and the risk of onward spread to other people, including those who might be more vulnerable.

“A fantastic 87 per cent of all eligible over 18s in the region have now had three jags, but we want everyone to consider becoming fully vaccinated.”