THE Borders has recorded 200 new cases of coronavirus, according to new figures.

Scottish Government data was published at 2pm today (March 16).

And the updated statistics show that the Borders has now recorded 25,993 cases of COVID-19 since March 2020.

Data released today does not cover a 24-hour period, however, as Public Health Scotland experienced further technical issues, meaning data was not collected from 8pm on March 15.

A statement on today's update says: "Figures reported on 16/03/2022 cover less than a 24 hour period. This is due to a reoccurrence of the technical issue from earlier in the week, meaning data has not been received since 8pm on 15/03/2022."

There are 44 people in hospital in the region – one fewer than yesterday.

This is the highest number of hospital patients since February 8 when 33 people were reported in the hospital in the region.

Scotland has seen 1,632,909 cases since the start of the pandemic, according to the figures.

And last week two coronavirus-related deaths were recorded in the Borders, according to official figures.

Data published at 12pm today by the National Records of Scotland (NRS) shows that from March 7-13 there were two deaths recorded in the region where COVID-19 was listed on the death certificate.

There have been 235 deaths in the region since the pandemic began.

Across Scotland there have been 11,047 coronavirus-related deaths since March 2020.