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Cross-border Covid-19 cluster latest

Professor Jason Leitch

PROFESSOR Jason Leitch, Scotland's national clinical director, has given an update on the cross-border Covid-19 cluster which has seen much of the east of the region placed under special measures. He told BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland that there was "no dramatic change" at the weekend and that the situation was being "very well managed" by health bodies on both sides of the border. The outbreak emerged last week and a total of 11 positive cases are now linked to the cluster around the Annan and Gretna areas. The five-mile limit on leisure travel - lifted across Scotland - remains in place for certain Dumfries and Galloway postcodes. Professor Leitch said: "The cluster, as we're calling it, is being very well managed." He said testing had also been carried out at Alpha Solway and Young's Seafood plants but added: "It is important to remember there is no specific worry about those work places." "I'd like to thank the people of Gretna and Annan for doing everything they have done, for following the rules - particularly those with symptoms and connected to these families. They've done a fantastic job. "You cannot control these clusters if people don't help us and they really have done that." He said a decision on whether or not the five-mile restriction could be lifted was likely to be made later in the day by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

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