As we continue to battle against Covid-19 we pause to reflect that, 20 years ago this month, our region faced another massive challenge: Foot and Mouth Disease.
It was a bleak period involving sacrifice, anguish and heartbreak. The effect on our communities was devastating.
We took on that seemingly insurmountable challenge, conquered it and set out on the road to recovery. Dumfries and Galloway can do the same with Covid-19.
Our region has many wonderful people who have gone out of their way to improve the lives of others during the Covid-19 pandemic. Our Community Bulletin has featured many over the past year. We salute their indomitable spirit and thank them from the bottom of our hearts.
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.
However, we mustn’t become complacent. We need to continue to all work together to keep infection rates low. Everyone should continue to follow the FACTs guidance. Anyone with Covid-19 symptoms should self-isolate with their household and book a test at a testing unit.