Hello, and welcome to issue 42 of your Community Bulletin.
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought us all unprecedented circumstances and unforeseen challenges. As 2020 dawned, none of us could have anticipated what lay ahead of us.
All of us have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, experienced hardships, and made sacrifices. For some, life will never return to what was regarded as ‘normal’ prior to the pandemic.
Now, temperatures are dropping, daylight hours are shortening, and the clocks go back this weekend. Clearly, winter is almost upon us.
Unfortunately, during the winter months, we’ll face an upsurge in Covid-19 cases, with the added challenges of incidences of flu.
As the numbers of Covid-19 cases, hospital admissions and deaths rise again across Scotland, sadly there have been several deaths in a Dumfries care home this week. Our sincere sympathies go to all those bereaved.
The Scottish Government is now exploring the possibility of a multiple-tier system, involving differing levels of restrictions that can be applied nationally or regionally, depending on levels of infection.
Whatever the outcome, we urge you to comply with the restrictions set and take all available precautions to protect the wellbeing of you and your loved ones.
Only by sticking to the rules and sticking together will we have any chance of managing and ultimately defeating this deadly virus.