Covid-19 rate across Highland Council area soars to highest confirmed level of coronavirus pandemic, new figures from Public Health Scotland reveal
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A SPIKE in Covid numbers across Highland Council in recent weeks saw the region's coronavirus infection rate soar to record levels over Christmas and New Year.
Some 439 positive tests were recorded across the local authority area in the seven days leading up to January 2, new data from Public Health Scotland has revealed.
The shock figure pushed the council's Covid rate to 186.2 cases per 100,000 people – well up on the 68.3 confirmed cases for every 100,000 people that was reported in the seven days leading up to December 28.
And it was a far cry from the 14.8 cases per 100,000 this time just last month.
But, although the Highland figure has jumped over Christmas and New Year, it is still lower than the Scottish rate of 279.7.
The dramatic increase in the number of cases across Highland Council mirrored a huge jump in infections across the wider NHS Highland region over the New Year weekend. The health board area reported 450 new positive tests in the five days since Hogmanay.
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