NHS Dumfries & Galloway

Further fall in COVID cases – but caution urged

A FURTHER fall in new, additional COVID cases was recorded in Dumfries and Galloway last week.

There was a total of 30 new positive cases identified in the week ending November 29, down from 44 the week before.

The number of close contacts who were advised were also down, standing at 90 – which was a marked reduction from the previous 265.

Credit is being paid to everyone in Dumfries and Galloway who has been playing a role in suppressing the spread of COVID by following guidelines.

These actions have helped to reduce the number of cases, protecting communities from the worst consequences of the coronavirus.

However, we are continuing to see positive cases in all four of the region’s localities – Annandale and Eskdale, Nithsdale, Stewarty and Wigtownshire.

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

It’s therefore extremely important that we continue to follow the national directions around use of face coverings, hand hygiene and physical distancing and interaction, so that we can continue to suppress the spread of COVID.

Although we have the prospect of imminent vaccinations to combat COVID, there is still work to be done to see Dumfries and Galloway into a safer long-term position.