The first coronavirus deaths have been recorded in Dumfries & Galloway, it has been confirmed.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway says due to the small number, they are not sharing any further details of these individuals in the interests of respecting their right to confidentiality.

Commenting on the situation, NHS Dumfries and Galloway Chief Executive Jeff Ace said: “Our thoughts are very much with the families and friends of those who have died.

“Sadly, we are expecting the number of deaths due to COVID-19 to increase significantly over the coming days and weeks.

“Please be assured that the region’s Health and Social Care staff, together with a range of partner organisations, are working to ensure that we do everything we can to reduce the impact of COVID-19 in our communities.

“The public can play their part too. By staying at home, you will limit the spread of the virus and help us save lives.”

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As of 30 March, there are 74 cases of the virus in Dumfries and Galloway, almost 300 in Cumbria and 63 in the Scottish Borders.

More on this as we get it.