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 excellent progress in the rollout of vaccinations give us cause for cautious optimism.
However, we mustn’t drop our guard. We must still defend ourselves against a deadly virus and strive to keep infection rates low.
We urge everyone to be vaccinated, taking up the offer of first and second doses. This is vital to protect our own wellbeing and that of our loved ones. Only by vaccinating as many people as possible will we have any chance of overcoming this dreadful virus.
Of course, the vaccine, though effective, doesn’t provide everyone with complete immunity so it will be necessary to continue to observe the restrictions while these are in place. And, we must all continue to follow the FACTS guidance: face coverings, avoid crowds, clean hands, two metre distance. Anyone with Covid-19 symptoms should self-isolate with their household and book a test.