A FURTHER two supermarket workers in Hawick have tested positive for COVID-19.

And the news has led to health chiefs temporarily suspending care home and community hospital visits in the town.

As reported on Monday, a member of staff at the Morrisons store in Mart Street tested positive for coronavirus.

The two new cases bring the total to 13 in the Borders this week.

A joint statement from NHS Borders and Scottish Borders Council states: "These two cases are members of staff at Morrisons supermarket.

"Test and protect staff are continuing to contact identified staff members who may be affected, with close contacts being advised to self-isolate and being given appropriate advice.

"Scottish Borders Council’s environmental health team has worked with Morrisons overnight to complete a deep clean of the store to ensure the safety of staff and customers today.

"Although the risk of catching the virus in Hawick is low, please be extra vigilant. If you experience any of the COVID-19 symptoms – a fever, persistent cough or loss of taste or smell – you must self-isolate immediately and book a test for COVID-19.

"In light of the small increase in cases within the Hawick area, visiting to Hawick Community Hospital and care homes in Hawick has been temporarily suspended as a precaution to protect more vulnerable members of the community.

"It is essential that everyone follows the Scottish Government guidance and public health advice available at NHS Inform."

To book a test, visit: www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test