The Borders has lowest Covid-19 cases per head of population in UK
Borderers have been praised for sticking to coronavirus restrictions, as new figures reveal the region has the lowest current rate of new Covid-19 cases per head of population in the UK.
Figures from the UK Government coronavirus dashboard shows that the Scottish Borders has even lower rates of Covid-19 than remote parts of the country, such as Orkney and Shetland.
The figures published today show there were two new cases in the past seven days, which equates to a rate of 1.7 per 100,000 population.
The next lowest area is Orkney Islands with 4.5 cases per 100,000.
This is compared to the highest rate in the UK, Corby with 232.6 cases per 100,000. The highest rate in Scotland, third across the United Kingdom, is the Borders’ near neighbour West Lothian with 169.5.
Despite the low rate in the Borders, Scotland has the highest rate amongst the nations of the UK with 70.2. The lowest rate is in Wales with 39.2. England and Northern Ireland have 56 and 56.3 respectively.
Due to testing lags, the period represented, although published today, is the seven days ending five days before Monday.
Borders MP John Lamont said: “It is incredible to see the Scottish Borders with the lowest infection rates of any local authority in the UK.
"This is encouraging news to see us ahead of some of the remotest parts of the country.
“There are some relaxations to the lockdown restrictions coming from Monday, April 5, including the opening of hairdressers and garden centres, as well as retail being able to operate click and collect.
“This will be a welcome relaxation for most of us. Although there will still be a number of very tight restrictions in place.
“With the potential of a fantastic summer it is important that we continue to keep on top of the virus and go for our vaccinations when called.”
Fellow Tory Rachael Hamilton, candidate for Ettrick, Roxburgh & Berwickshire, added: “The sacrifices we have made to get this far have been difficult, but they are finally paying off with low case numbers in the Borders.
“We aren’t out of the woods yet, and it is still important we remember to socially distance and wash our hands regularly.”