NHS Ayrshire and Arran is reminding locals how they can help stop the spread of coronavirus.

Individuals should self-isolate and book a test immediately if they have symptoms.

If the test result is positive, the Test and Protect contact tracing team will contact the individual and ask them to provide the names of people they have been in close contact with as they may be at risk.

Those advised that they have been in close contact with someone that has the virus, must isolate for 14 days.

Lynne McNiven, Director of Public Health, said: “We know that people are anxious about the potential for COVID-19 to spread in the community.

“Our health protection team has had a huge number of calls from the public who are worried that they have been in contact with someone who has tested positive. There have also been some false stories on social media which has added to this worry. We would like to reassure members of the public that if you or your child has been in contact with a positive case, the Test and Protect team will be in touch. Our contact tracing team are well trained in assessing if there is a risk of exposure.”