A further 8,022 new Covid cases have been confirmed in Scotland as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon updated MSPs on the virus situation this afternoon.
The data has been published by the Scottish Government and Public Health Scotland (PHS) this afternoon as part of the daily national Covid-19 briefing.
Nationally, there are 1,392 patients with the disease being treated in hospital, which is 43 less than the number reported yesterday. There are currently 34 people in ICU treatment.
The number of newly reported positive coronavirus cases recorded by NHS Ayrshire & Arran has risen by 135. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 79,340 positive PCR tests in the region and 1,127,067 million across Scotland.
Of the new cases reported, 61 were in South Ayrshire, with 41 attributed to East Ayrshire and 33 in North Ayrshire.
According to Public Health Scotland’s rolling seven-day infection rate per 100,000 population, Clackmannanshire has the highest rate in the country: 586.9 as of Monday 24 January.
Dundee City has the second highest infection rate at 586.6, while Falkirk is third at 583.6.
In terms of the three local authorities in Ayrshire, East Ayrshire has the highest rate at 457.2; South Ayrshire’s rate stands at 445.9 while North Ayrshire’s is 440.2.
A total of 19 of Scotland’s 32 council regions have an infection rate below the national average of 485.1.
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7-day infection rate per 100,000 population…
52.5 Shetland Islands
192.0 Orkney Islands
282.9 scottish borders
328.3 western isles
400.0 East of Dunbartonshire
426.1 Argyll & Bute
440.2 North Ayrshire
445.9 south ayrshire
446.4 north lanarkshire
457.2 east ayrshire
458.5 West Dunbarton County/Angus
464.4 glasgow city
476.6 west lothian
485.5 Dumfries and Galloway
495.5 east of renfrewshire
516.8 south lanarkshire
520.6 city of edinburgh
528.3 east lothian
562.8 Perth and Kinross
582.8 aberdeen city
586.6 City of Dundee
Another 23 deaths mean that 10,222 people have died since March 2020.
However, data from the National Records for Scotland (NRS) shows that 12,675 deaths had been recorded as of Sunday 16 January, when the disease was mentioned on the death certificate.
Across the UK the figure is 153,916 last night and 175,256 with Covid mentioned on the death certificate.
There are 101 patients with the disease being treated in Ayrshire hospitals, a reduction of two since yesterday, and fewer than five people in the ICU.
Nationwide, a total of 4,406,999 people have received a dose of the Covid vaccine; 4,112,264 received a double puncture and 3,263,981 people received a third dose/booster.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.