Coronavirus: Scottish Borders remains at Level 2

The Borders will remain at Level 2 of the multi-tier system following an announcement to parliament by the First Minister earlier this afternoon.

By Dawn Renton
Tuesday, 10th November 2020, 5:07 pm
Updated Wednesday, 11th November 2020, 9:47 am

There has been a rapid rise in case numbers with 66 additional confirmed cases of the virus over the past week, compared with increases of 63 and 47 cases recorded in the previous two weeks.

NHS Borders and Scottish Borders Council continue to work closely to ensure that every appropriate measure is taken to support individuals, their families and wider communities impacted by Covid-19.

Commenting on the position, Director of Public Health Dr Tim Patterson said: “The key message here is that our rate of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the Borders is growing at present and this is a cause for concern.

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“There is a risk that if the growth continues at this rate we will reach the high levels of infection that the central belt has seen. This in turn will impact on the delivery of health and care services.

“Whilst we are prepared for this, it is really important that everyone plays their part and follows all of the guidelines and restrictions that are in place. This gives us the best chance that we have to slow the spread, minimise any further impact on our daily lives and protect the most vulnerable members of our community.

“If you are showing any symptoms of Covid-19 you must self-isolate and book a test immediately. Whilst you wait for your test results the people you live with must also self-isolate.

“Wear a face covering, avoid crowded places, clean your hands regularly and maintain a two metre distance from others.”