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Inverness Covid-19 coronavirus infection rate currently sits at 262 cases for every 100,000 people, according to data from Public Health Scotland


By Philip Murray

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THE Covid infection rate in the Inverness area currently sits at 262 cases for every 100,000 people – higher than the Highland-wide average.

The figure came as it was reported that the city, and its immediate surrounding area, had 232 newly-confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the seven days up to January 8.

The 262 cases per 100,000 figure – which was calculated using the data from the city and the neighbouring ‘wards’ which border onto it over the seven days to January 8 – is higher than the rate of 229 per 100,000 people across the Highland Council area as a whole.

But it is still lower than Ross and Cromarty, which had a rate in excess of 400 per 100,000 people – fuelled in large part by local hotspots.

Ross and Cromarty reported 236 cases in the seven days to January 8 – equating to 410 cases per 100,000 people, when calculated using data from Public Health Scotland’s online Covid-19 map.

The rate is up from the 347 cases per 100,000 that was being reported on Saturday.

However, the distribution of cases in Ross and Cromarty is not evenly spread, with more than half of its recent infections confined to just Alness and Invergordon in Easter Ross.

The two towns had 73 and 53 confirmed cases respectively in the seven days to January 7. This was up from 72 and 42 in the seven days to January 7.

Two care homes in Invergordon are also known to have at least 19 cases between them.

The whole council area recorded 540 positive tests for Covid-19 in the seven days to January 8.

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