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By Fiona Reid
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Time for level one?

CALLS have been made for Dumfries and Galloway to be moved to level one restrictions tomorrow.

South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth says the region’s declining covid figures justify a drop in rankings.

And he has highlighted Scottish Government data revealing that weekly cases in Dumfries and Galloway have fallen by almost 70 per cent since the region was placed in level two.

The most recent prevalence estimate (as of November 26) is 26.2 cases per 100,000, compared to 112.9 nationally, and the test positivity rate as of November 28 is just 1.4 per cent, compared to 5.5 per cent nationally.

Mr Smyth said: “People in our region have worked hard to follow tough restrictions, and it would be right to ask just what more they need to do to see a move to level one restrictions.

“While everyone recognises that this virus is still dangerous and we must all remain vigilant, unless the government follows its own guidelines, people will quickly lose faith in them.

“I am calling on the First Minister to seriously consider putting Dumfries and Galloway into level one restrictions on Tuesday. Our region has seen some very encouraging figures recently and this must be taken into account.”

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