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Seven-day Covid-19 infection rate across Highland Council area rises to new record after it increased to 212.9 coronavirus cases for every 100,000 people


By Philip Murray

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The spread of coronavirus cases across Highland Council in the seven days up to January 3. Picture: Public Health Scotland.
The spread of coronavirus cases across Highland Council in the seven days up to January 3. Picture: Public Health Scotland.

THE Covid infection rate across Highland Council has broken records again – after it rose to 212.9 cases per 100,000 people.

The jump took the local authority area to its highest confirmed rate of infection of the pandemic – and up from the previous record of 188.7 cases per 100,000 people which was set just yesterday.

The increase came after Public Health Scotland published the latest data for its rolling seven-day Covid map.

It revealed that 502 positive tests were recorded across the Highland Council area in the seven days leading up to January 3 – an increase from the slightly revised figure of 445 cases which were recorded in the seven days up to January 2. Yesterday that latter number had stood at 439, but appears to have been revised when today’s data was also published.

Nearly 280 of the cases were reported in or around the Highland capital.

Other hot-spots included the Easter Ross town of Alness, which reported 46 cases in the seven days to January 3, and the Inverness West Rural Ward – which extends from the western outskirts of the city and out past Beauly to Glen Affric. It reported 76 positive tests in the same seven-day window.

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