After what has felt like an interminable period since late January, we’re now easing our way out of lockdown.
From today, Covid restrictions will be eased enabling us to leave our local authority areas and travel anywhere in mainland Scotland
Across Scotland, the number of deaths from Covid-19 has fallen sharply; down by over 80% in the last 2 months. The number of people in hospital and intensive care is also reducing.
Declining numbers of new Covid cases in our region and great progress in the rollout of vaccinations mean that we have cause for optimism.
We are making progress in the fight against Covid-19. More than 60% of our region’s adult population has now received the first Covid-19 vaccination, and around 10% the second.
This Tuesday (23 March) marks the first anniversary of the nationwide lockdown. It has been designated a national day for reflection and it gives us all a chance to look back on those we have lost, the many sacrifices we had to make, and the hardships that many of us have had to endure.
Second dose vaccinations continue to be rolled out to front line health and social care staff and care homes. Shortly, they will be available to over 80s.
Welcome to issue 59 which comes at the end of Scottish Apprentice Week and ahead of Young Person’s Guarantee Week (more about that in our next issue).
We have endured some terrible weather this week and some of our Council staff have been working around the clock to keep you safe and informed, but the signs of spring are there.
We’re currently living through the most challenging set of circumstances that most of us have ever known.