Seven people test positive for Covid-19 in Borders cluster

The cases are linked to three businesses in the town.

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Coronavirus: Seven test positive.

Seven people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the Scottish Borders.
NHS Borders Health Protection team are currently dealing with an outbreak in Hawick.

The cases are linked to three businesses in the town, Morrisons, the Trinity Bar and Baguette & Go.

In a statement, NHS Borders said: “All close contacts with the positive case associated with Morrisons have been contacted and provided with advice.

“NHS Borders Test and Protect team are contacting any customers of the Trinity Bar who may be affected and close contacts are being advised to self-isolate and are being given appropriate advice.

“Although the risk of catching the virus at Baguette & Go was low, if you visited the outlet on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 you need to be extra vigilant.”

NHS Borders say that people who book a coronavirus test may have to travel to Galashiels for a test, although they plan to set up a mobile testing unit later this week.

This comes after the NHS experienced a “major spike in demand” for coronavirus testing over the weekend.

The First Minister announced that 11 walk-in testing centres will be set up, the first of which will be in the Victory Memorial Hall in St Andrews, Fife.
The centres will boost capacity by more than 3,000 tests daily