According to the latest statistics, the daily number of Covid cases in Scotland is at its highest since the whole country moved to Level 0.
In a 24-hour period, figures indicated 2,538 new cases, the highest since July 14, when there were 2,636 cases. 10 deaths were recorded on Tuesday, raising the death toll of people who tested positive in the previous 28 days to 8,051.
These figures are a stark reminder that the Covid-19 virus is very much still with us, that it can still be deadly, and that we must continue to do all that we can to prevent catching or spreading it. We must all adhere to the current rules, practice good hygiene, get tested, be vaccinated.
In Dumfries and Galloway, we continue to make good progress with our vaccination programme.
By 16 August, 96.3% of people aged 18 plus had received their first vaccination and 85.2% their second dose.
There is no doubt that vaccination has reduced the levels of serious illness resulting from Covid. We continue to have a high number of cases in our region but vaccination means that we’re not seeing the amounts of seriously ill people as in previous waves.
Being doubly vaccinated is the key to developing the best defence against Covid, so please don’t leave the job half done.