NHS Borders has responded to the rise in coronavirus cases the region saw over the weekend.

According to Scottish Government figures, a total of 17 cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the Borders between Friday (June 4) and Monday – the highest weekend tally in more than three months.

Across April and May, the region saw no more than three cases during any weekend.

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Chris Faldon, nurse consultant in health protection at NHS Borders, said: “Whilst the further easing of restrictions allows us to do more of the things that we enjoy, COVID-19 is still here and continues to pose a threat to us.

“I cannot stress enough the importance of following the rules that are in place to prevent the spread of this highly contagious virus.

“When you go out please remain vigilant and take the necessary precautions such as practising physical distancing in public places, adhering to the socialising limits and avoid crowded places.

“If you are visiting friends and families in a private home, remember to wash your hands and keep rooms well ventilated by opening windows or doors to keep yourself and them safe."

Over the weekend, six cases were recorded between Friday and Saturday; another six between Saturday and Sunday; and five between Sunday and Monday.

A further four cases were recorded in the region on Tuesday (June 8).

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Mr Faldon added: “The vaccination programme is another key part of protecting yourself and your loved ones.

"It is really important that you come forward to get vaccinated when it is your turn. This includes coming forward for your second dose to ensure that you have increased protection against COVID-19.

“As always, if you develop any symptoms of COVID-19 you should self-isolate and book a test. Members of your household also need to self-isolate whilst you await your test results. If you are asked to self-isolate for 10 days please do so.

“The actions we all take now impact on what happens in the coming weeks and months. Please be responsible, stick with the rules and continue protecting each other and our local health and social care services. It truly will help us stay on the right path.”