NHS Dumfries & Galloway

Decline in numbers of new COVID cases

A total of 16 new positive COVID-19 cases were identified in the region in the week ending March 21.

This was a move back down in terms of numbers, following an increase to 32 the previous week.

As a result of these new cases, 79 close contacts were advised to self-isolate – down from 117.

Interim Director of Public Health Valerie White said: “While it is great to see levels remaining low in Dumfries and Galloway we must not be complacent, and we need to work together to keep infection rates low.

“Everyone should continue to follow the Scottish Government Guidance and FACTS guidance.

“Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should self isolate with their household and book a PCR test at a mobile testing unit.”

There was a total of 3247 PCR COVID-19 tests carried out, down slightly from the 3292 the week before.

The nationally calculated Test Positivity stood at 0.5 per cent on 20/03/21, down from 1 per cent the previous week. Meanwhile, the overall 7 day positivity rate on 20/03/21 stood at 9.4 per 100,000 – down from 19.5.

There is evidence that people identified as close contacts of cases are developing COVID-19.