There have been ten deaths in Dumfries and Galloway caused by coronavirus, it has been confirmed.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway announced the first deaths on Monday but did not say how many.

Chief Executive Jeff Ace said this was due to the small number, but said: "we expected the number to increase significantly over coming days, and that has been the case."

“NHS Dumfries and Galloway are now able to advise that as at 12 noon on April 2 2020 there have been 10 deaths in the region in which coronavirus was either the primary cause of death or a factor potentially contributing to death.

He continued:““Our thoughts are very much with those people’s family and friends at this time.

“We are also very thoughtful of people who are currently receiving treatment, or self-isolating with milder symptoms.

“Dumfries and Galloway is not immune to the dangers posed by COVID-19.

“Although the vast majority of people who contract this coronavirus will experience mild symptoms, as we know from elsewhere in the world those most vulnerable are older adults and people with underlying health conditions.

“This is why is it is so important for everyone to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and why we would like to express gratitude for all the continuing efforts to help us do everything possible to limit the impact of this virus within Dumfries and Galloway."

The number of deaths in Dumfries and Galloway will be updated on the trust's website every week.

No further details of individual patients will be released.

100

confirmed cases of covid-19 in Dumfries and Galloway.

The number of coronavirus-related deaths in UK has risen by 569, bringing the total death toll in the country to 2,921.

At the same point the day before, the Department of Health reported 2,352 Covid-19 patients had died in UK hospitals.

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