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Concerns are growing that the area may remain in the current lockdown level as restrictions area eased elsewhere.
MR Lochhead is awaiting the result of his son's Covid-19 test.
THE first ballots boxes were opened at 9.30am.
Rapid Covid-19 testing is now available for people without symptoms across Aberdeenshire.
NHS Grampian says that Elgin is the epicentre of the spread but rising levels are being seen in places including Lossiemouth, Buckie and Keith.
POVERTY is destroying lives in Scotland during the Covid-19 pandemic, a report by a debt counselling charity has warned.
THE death toll is now 40 since the outbreak began, with 1638 cases confirmed.
Health experts said that while most people are following the rules they were aware of instances of people not self-isolating as cases rise.
IN TOTAL, 26,821 adults across the area have now received both doses of a vaccine.
However NHS Grampian continues to see a daily rise in cases in the Elgin area.
EXPERIENCED leadership is essential for Scotland as the country emerges from the pandemic, the SNP's Karen Adam has stated.