Seven residents of a care home in the Scottish Borders have died after testing positive for coronavirus, it has been confirmed.

Saltgreens Care Home, in Eyemouth, is run by Scottish Borders Council and was the first in the region to report cases of Covid-19 in staff and residents.

A further sixteen people living in the home have also contracted the virus, most of which have recovered.

Tracey Logan, Chief Executive of Scottish Borders Council, said: “While we are we’re not in a position to provide further details, we can confirm seven residents within Saltgreens care home in Eyemouth have sadly passed away where COVID-19 has been recorded as a contributory factor on the death certificate.

"Our sympathy and condolences are with all family members at this difficult time.

“There are currently 16 other residents in Saltgreens who have tested positive since the outbreak, the majority of whom have recovered, and one at Lower Deanfield in Hawick.

“We are continuing to work closely with NHS Borders colleagues to support the situation in both homes and would like to thank them and our own staff for their ongoing care and commitment.

“There are no other recorded cases of COVID-19 in other care homes in the Borders at present.”