As COVID-19 cases rise, people in the Scottish Borders are being urged to be extra vigilant to help stop the spread of the virus. Latest figures from Public Health Scotland show the rate of positive tests in the area has doubled in a week to 66.7 cases per 100,000 people.

A number of schools in the Borders currently have COVID-19 cases, with some pupils having to self-isolate. These are St Peter’s Primary (Galashiels), Burgh Primary (Galashiels), Jedburgh Grammar Campus, Berwickshire High (Duns) and West Linton Primary. In addition, there are also community cases of COVID-19 in both Hawick and Selkirk, which have resulted in some pupils at schools in these areas having to self-isolate as they have been deemed ‘close contacts’ of positive cases. It is important to emphasise, however, that these contacts happened in the community rather than in school.

Anyone with any COVID-19 symptoms, should book a test and they, and anyone they live with, should self-isolate immediately.