Coronavirus: Biggest rise in Ayrshire cases in more than two weeks

Ayrshire and Arran has recorded its biggest rise in coronavirus cases in 17 days.

Latest figures from the Scottish Government put the pandemic total for the health board area at 1,282 – a rise of two on yesterday’s figures.

The last time Ayrshire recorded such a rise was on July 23 when cases jumped from 1,270 to 1,272 in 24 hours.

Across Scotland, 48 new cases have been detected in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 18,998.

There has been no new COVID-19 deaths in the country for 24 days.

Symptoms of coronavirus…

The symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a cough
  • a high temperature
  • shortness of breath
  • a loss of taste and smell

But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness.

The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.

How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus…

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work

  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

  • put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards

  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

If you think you may have the coronavirus, do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 111 if you need to speak to someone.

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