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By Abbey Morton

THERE have been no new cases of coronavirus in Dumfries and Galloway in the last week.


That was the good news from NHS Dumfries and Galloway health bosses yesterday.

And it comes in the same week as further restrictions were eased and vaccinations reach almost 70 per cent of the adult population.

A spokesman for NHS Dumfries and Galloway said: “There have been no newly confirmed positive PCR tests in Dumfries and Galloway within the past seven days.”

And he added: “The more people within a community who are vaccinated, the greater the degree of protection provided to those who have yet to be vaccinated.

“However, it’s very important that everyone accepts the opportunity of a first and second vaccination at the time when they are offered.”

And there have been warnings for people not to rest on their laurels or break remaining covid guidelines.

From Monday, non-essential retail opens in England, yet the ‘stay local’ message is still in place for Scotland.

Residents north of the border should still be staying within their local authority area.

Further easing is set to be announced towards the end of the month.

The spokesman continued: “Covid-19 does not move around by itself, but takes advantage of our travels and interaction.

“The national message at least until April 26 is to stay local, and staying within our local communities really limits the opportunity for covid to spread.

“It is crucial that we don’t let our guard down and anyone experiencing symptoms is asked to immediately self-isolate along with their household and arrange to be tested.

“We saw in December how quickly the situation can deteriorate and how rapidly the new variant can spread amongst our communities.”


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