Coronavirus: Scottish Borders placed in protection level 2

Following the Scottish Government announcement, the Scottish Borders has been placed in protection level 2.

By Dawn Renton
Thursday, 29th October 2020, 1:51 pm

The new rules come into force on Monday, November 2.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Here in Scotland and across the UK, we have been dealing with the same pattern of COVID-19 resurgence as experienced right around the world. Europe is now firmly in the grip of a second wave and only last night both France and Germany re-imposed nationwide lockdowns.

“In Scotland, we acted early – with some difficult but necessary measures – and while we have no grounds for complacency we do see some encouraging signs – in the last week, cases have increased by 4% whereas two weeks ago the weekly increase was 40%.

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“All of that is down to the sacrifices of people the length and breadth of the country, and I thank people for that. But this virus is still highly infectious and it will take every opportunity to spread. If we all dig in and stick with it, this proportionate approach has a real chance of being sustainable and keeping Covid under control over the winter.

“If we succeed, we open the prospect – in all parts of the country – of being able to lead lives which are substantially closer to normal in the weeks and months to come.”

To find out more about the new rules, click here