Colin Smyth MSP
Colin Smyth MSP

Dumfries and Galloway has the highest rate of Covid infections in Scotland, following a large jump in recorded cases.

According to NHS Dumfries and Galloway, in the week ending 15 August 2021 a total of 452 new cases were recorded, up dramatically from 274 the week before. Numbers of close contacts also shot up, from 679 to 1059.

Awareness of the current situation and continued efforts to try and suppress the spread of the virus is being urged, as Dumfries and Galloway now sits with the highest rate of infection in Scotland – standing at 275.1 per 100,000 people.

South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth said: “The figures which put Dumfries and Galloway top of the list in terms of weekly rates per 100,000 are very concerning.

“Once again, this is proof that despite everything, Covid still has the potential to cause people real problems. The one positive is the fact the vaccination programme has reduced the number of people who fall seriously ill due to the virus.

“We have been living with Covid for a long time now and while restrictions have been lifted and we’ve been urged to go about our lives as normal, we must be aware that the virus is still out there.

“First and foremost, I would urge everyone to get vaccinated, there are drop in clinics across the region, and also to continue to wear face coverings where appropriate, practice good hand hygiene and socially distance where possible.”

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