COVID VACCINE GIVES PEOPLE REAL HOPE OF LOCKDOWN LIFT

West Dunbartonshire latest numbers one year on from first case …

Cause for hope. Vaccinations appear to be cutting down the risk of people contracting Covid 19.

By Lucy Ashton

Monday, Monday, can’t trust that day. This Monday (today)  marks the first anniversary of the first case of Covid-19 being detected detected in Scotland.

In just 12 months, the virus has claimed the lives of more than 9,000 people north of the Border, including 220 in West Dunbartonshire alone.

However, as we hopefully near the end of the second lockdown, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and her medical advisers say there are some signs of hope – with more and more people being vaccinated every day and the number of confirmed positive tests slowly, but steadily, falling.

There were eight Covid-related deaths in West Dunbartonshire during that same period, four times as many as in the previous week – taking the total number of local lives lost to the disease to 42 this year alone.

But the daily tracker of confirmed positive cases offers more reason for hope: in the seven days between February 19 and February 25, there were 137 cases of Covid-19 detected in West Dunbartonshire, which includes Dumbarton, Vale of Leven and Clydebank. 

In West Dunbartonshire, 26,222 people have now received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

The number of people vaccinated with their first dose is 35.8 per cent of the local population.

Over 300,000 people have been given their first dose of the vaccine across the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board, 31.8 per cent of the population, while 1,593,695 people have received the vaccine across the country – 35.1 per cent of the total population.

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