New Covid variant is suspected to have reached Dumfries and Galloway

Across Dumfries and Galloway there was a total of eight new Covid-19 cases in the week ending Sunday, May 30, – up from three the previous week.

Wednesday, 2nd June 2021, 2:04 pm
Updated Thursday, 3rd June 2021, 12:26 pm
Director of Public Health Valerie White has urged people to remain careful

This includes suspected cases of the B.1.617.2 variant, now known as the ‘Delta Variant’.

The number of close contacts had also increased, up from 6 in the previous week to stand at 61.

A total of 3182 Covid-19 PCR tests took place in the region, up from 2862 the previous week.

Director of Public Health Valerie White said: “A lot of hard work helped bring down the number of cases in Dumfries and Galloway from the very concerning levels we saw at the start of the year.

“Our numbers continue to remain relatively low, but we know only too well how quickly the arrival of a new coronavirus variant can change the landscape.

“We’re not suggesting that this Delta Variant is about to drastically change our situation, and acknowledge that it is expected to gradually become the dominant version of COVID-19 across Scotland as a whole.

“However, it is very much worth asking people to remember that although restrictions have eased there are still things we should all be doing to limit the potential for spread.

"Please do follow the FACTS guidance around physical distancing, use of face coverings, hand hygiene, etc.

“Crucially, we still need everyone to immediately self-isolate and arrange to be tested if they experience any symptoms of Covid-19.

“There is an abundance of testing opportunities across our region, including testing for anyone without symptoms at either set locations or via home testing kits – to find out more, visit www.nhsdg.co.uk/testing.

“Everyone should enjoy the new freedoms that we’ve worked so hard to achieve, but we’d encourage an appreciation that by being careful we can help to secure and protect where we are.”

Anyone aged 40 and above who has not yet had their first Covid-19 vaccination is encouraged to call 01387 403090 or email [email protected] to schedule an appointment.

As at the end of June 1, 78.7 per cent of adults in Dumfries and Galloway had received their first dose, while 62.7 per cent have had a second dose.