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A real rainbow appears above a Scottish hospital

Dumfries Infirmary
NHS Dumfries and Galloway

Rainbow drawings have become a popular symbol of support and solidarity with the NHS during the coronavirus outbreak.

However, staff arriving at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary were greeted by the real thing earlier this week.

It followed the placing of a rainbow sign at the entrance to DGRI by a well-wisher last week.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway said the support was "very much appreciated".

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Well wisher sign
NHS Dumfries and Galloway

Ten coronavirus deaths in Dumfries and Galloway

Dumfries Infirmary
Paul McMullin

Health board chief executive Jeff Ace confirmed the number of cases in the region where the virus was either the primary cause of death or a potential contributory factor.

"Our thoughts are very much with those people’s family and friends at this time," he added.

The health board said it planned to update figures on the number of deaths in Dumfries and Galloway from Covid-19 on a weekly basis on its website.

Eleven deaths confirmed in the Scottish Borders

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC news website

The region's health board has released its latest figures for Covid-19 cases.

It said there were currently 28 patients who had tested positive being treated in its hospitals with a further 25 suspected cases awaiting results.

It said 11 people had now died but 10 patients had recovered and been discharged.

Book festival organises writing competition for 'children stuck at home'

The initiative comes from Scotland's national book town - Wigtown - at the "ideal time for children to exercise their imaginations".

There are three categories - for children aged five to seven, eight to 11 and 12 to 18.

The event also has the backing of arts organisation DG Unlimited and Scotland's National Centre for Children's Literature in Dumfries.

Entries are open to children and young people living in Dumfries and Galloway and the closing date is 26 April.

Eight coronavirus deaths in the Scottish Borders

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC news website

NHS Borders has released the information as part of its latest Covid-19 update.

It said that there were currently 29 patients who had tested positive being treated in its hospitals with a further 24 suspected cases.

It said eight people had now died but eight patients had also recovered and been discharged from hospital.