Another 8,210 Covid cases have been confirmed in Scotland within the last 24 hours as the nation’s virus death toll increased by 31.
Data has been published by the Scottish Government and Public Health Scotland (PHS) this afternoon as part of the national Covid-19 daily briefing.
Nationally, there are 1,083 patients with the disease being treated in hospital which is down 33 from yesterday’s reported figure. There are currently 29 people being treated in ICUs.
The number of newly-reported positive coronavirus cases recorded by NHS Ayrshire & Arran has rose by 454. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 81,275 positive PCR tests in the region and 1,160,448 million across Scotland.
Of the new cases reported, 92 were in East Ayrshire, 79 attributed to North Ayrshire and 63 in South Ayrshire.
According to Public Health Scotland’s rolling seven-day infection rate per 100,000 population, Aberdeen City has the highest rate in the country – at 643.1 as of Wednesday, February 2.
Midlothian has the second-highest infection rate at 608.7 while Dundee City is third with 553.7.
In terms of Ayrshire’s thee local authorities, East Ayrshire has the highest rate of 422.7; North Ayrshire’s rate stands at 375.4 while South Ayrshire’s is 354.9.
A total of 20 of Scotland’s 32 council regions have an infection rate below the national average of 444.2.
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7-day infection rate per 100,000 population…
96.2 Shetland Islands
200.0 Na h-Eileanan Siar
308.1 Scottish Borders
330.1 Argyll & Bute
334.8 Orkney Islands
354.9 South Ayrshire
361.4 East Lothian
375.4 North Ayrshire
380.3 West Dunbartonshire
400.2 South Lanarkshire
422.7 East Ayrshire
423.0 North Lanarkshire
431.3 East Dunbartonshire
449.9 West Lothian
451.8 Dumfries & Galloway
469.5 East Renfrewshire
472.6 Perth & Kinross
525.4 City of Edinburgh
553.7 Dundee City
643.1 Aberdeen City
Those 31 new deaths mean 10,341 people have passed away since March 2020.
However, data from the National Records of Scotland (NRS) shows 12,946 deaths had been registered up to Sunday, January 30 where the disease was mentioned on the death certificate.
Across the UK, the figure is 157,409 as of last night and 178,488 with Covid mentioned on the death certificate.
There are 92 patients with the disease being treated in Ayrshire hospitals, which is the same number as yesterday, and fewer than five people in ICUs.
Nationally, a total of 4,417,967 people have received one dose of a Covid vaccine; 4,131,914 are double jabbed and 3,307,067 people have 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.