FOUR new positive cases of coronavirus have been recorded in the Borders, bringing the region's total since March to 424.

Scottish Government data, published at 2pm today (September 16), shows the increase in cases in the previous 24 hours. In that time, Scotland has recorded another virus-related death.

The data also shows that, over the last week, the Borders has seen 35 new cases – with 20 of those reported over last weekend.

In a statement released yesterday (September 15), NHS Borders’ medical director, Dr Lynn McCallum, said: "Cases of COVID-19 in the Borders are to be expected.

"Although an increase of 20 recorded positive tests over the weekend appears to be quite a high number, it is important to note that there can be delays in tests being reported which may cause jumps in the data.

"We are seeing increased numbers of cases of COVID-19 across Scotland and the Borders is no different.

"What is really important is that people follow up-to-date advice and guidance in relation to infection prevention and control.

"The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones is to follow the FACTS:

  • Face coverings in enclosed spaces
  • Avoid crowded places
  • Clean hands and surfaces regularly
  • Two-metre distancing; and
  • Self-isolate and book a test if you have symptoms

"If you develop any symptoms of COVID-19 which are a new continuous cough, a fever/high temperature (37.8C or greater) and /or a loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste you should self-isolate immediately and visit NHS Inform or phone 0800 028 2816 to book a test.

"A new continuous cough is defined as if you are coughing a lot for more than one hour, or you have been coughing a lot three or more times in 24 hours.

"If you normally have a cough, it may be worse than usual.

“Whilst you wait for your test all of your household members must self-isolate. This is really important to prevent potential spread of this highly contagious virus.”