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Scotland investigates the cross-border epidemic with England

Investigations into a cross-border coronavirus outbreak identified an eleventh case of infection linked to a Carlisle hospital, said the Scottish National Clinical Director.

All cases are believed to be connected and discovered around the Dumfries and Galloway border with England, with the area put into what is effectively a local blockade.

Professor Jason Leitch announced on Wednesday that nine cases had been identified around Gretna and Annan and that this figure has now risen to 11 confirmed cases of infection.

Hospital staff living in Dumfries and Galloway were offered “everything they need”, including tests, Leitch told the Scottish government daily briefing on Friday.

The professor. Leitch praised public health officials for doing a “fantastic job of controlling this outbreak,” with all 23 known contacts of infected people believed to be self-isolated.

He said: “We continue to manage our outbreak of Dumfries and Galloway and Cumbria of Covid-19; there are now 11 positive cases in that epidemic.

“It is important to understand that the new positive, in the last 24 hours, is in no way connected to the other families in this outbreak, but has an independent connection with the Carlisle hospital.

“So in this sense, we count it as a hotbed in both jurisdictions.

“We are contacting all hospital staff who live in Dumfries and Galloway with a Scottish residential zip code and offer them everything they need in terms of testing if it is appropriate and other support if they wish to talk to us.

“There are currently 23 contacts in our contact tracking system, everyone has been talked to, everyone has been offered a test, everyone has been told to self-insulate and we believe they are all self-insulating.”

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