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Local lockdown lifted in south-west Scotland

A local lockdown restricting movements around six towns and villages after an outbreak in south-west Scotland has been lifted, after no new cases emerged, Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

The first ministers said residents living in the areas around Gretna, Dumfries, Canonbie, Lockerbie, Annan and Langholm were now allowed to travel more than five miles from home, visit care homes and enjoy beer gardens.

Sturgeon also announced there had been one further death of a hospital patient with confirmed Covid-19, after four days with no reported deaths. There were 699 people in hospital, up by 17 on Monday, but only seven patients in intensive care, down by one on Monday.

Those lockdown restrictions were lifted across the rest of Scotland last Friday but maintained in the affected area after 10 new cases emerged, including one involving a healthcare worker based at the Cumberland hospital in Carlisle. Sturgeon said a total of 12 cases had come to light in that cluster.

She thanked local residents and the managers of two factories in Annan Young’s Seafood and Alpha Solway, which makes personal protection equipment for the Scottish and UK governments, where some of the affected people worked, for observing the lockdown.

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