New figures show that the Scottish Borders has the lowest rate of Covid-19 per head of population in the UK.
Figures from the UK Government coronavirus dashboard shows that it has even lower rates of Covid-19 than remote parts of the country like the Scottish islands.
There have been 2 new cases in the 7 days, which equates to a rate of 1.7 per 100,000 population. The next lowest area is Orkney Islands with 4.5 cases per 100,000.
This is compared to the highest rate in the UK, Corby with 232.6 cases per 100,000. The highest rate in Scotland, 3rd across the United Kingdom, is West Lothian with 169.5.
Despite the low rate in the Borders, Scotland has the highest rate amongst the nations of the UK with 70.2. The lowest rate is in Wales with 39.2. England and Northern Ireland have 56 and 56.3 respectively.
The figures are from Monday 29th March. However, this data represents cases by specimen date and because these are incomplete for the most recent dates due to testing lags, the period represented is the 7 days ending 5 days before Monday.
John Lamont MP said:
“It is incredible to see the Scottish Borders with the lowest infection rates of any local authority in the UK. This is encouraging news to see us ahead of some of the remotest parts of the country.
“There are some relaxations to the lockdown restrictions coming from Monday 5th April including the opening of hairdressers and garden centres, as well as retail being able to operate click and collect.
“This will be a welcome relaxation for most of us. Although there will still be a number of very tight restrictions in place.
“With the potential of a fantastic summer it is important that we continue to keep on top of the virus and go for our vaccinations when called.”
Rachael Hamilton, candidate for Ettrick, Roxburgh & Berwickshire:
“The sacrifices we have made to get this far have been difficult, but they are finally paying off with low case numbers in the Borders.
“We aren’t out of the woods yet, and it is still important we remember to socially distance and wash our hands regularly.
“The successful vaccine roll-out has meant that more and more people are now protected.
“It is important people take up the opportunity to have the vaccination when they are offered it.
“There is light at the end of the tunnel, and we are on course to see more easing of the restrictions on the 5th April.”