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Highland Covid infection rate remains above 200 cases per 100,000 people despite fall


By Philip Murray

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The spread of the virus in the seven days up to January 6. Picture: Public Health Scotland.
The spread of the virus in the seven days up to January 6. Picture: Public Health Scotland.

THE Covid-19 infection rate in the Highlands has fallen slightly – but still sits above 200 cases per 100,000 people.

Public Health Scotland’s latest daily update revealed that there were 500 confirmed coronavirus infections across the Highland Council area in the seven days up to January 6.

The equates to 212 cases for every 100,000 people.

The figure is down from the 570 cases (and a rate of 241.7 infections per 100,000) recorded in the seven days up to January 5.

The fall was mirrored across Scotland as a whole, which is currently in lockdown and saw its seven day positive rate per 100,000 people drop slightly from 299.2 to 289.4.

News of the slight falls came as the NHS Highland area – which covers the Highland and Argyll & Bute councils – recorded 97 new infections in the past 24 hours.

The fall in the Highland Council area was mirrored in the worst affected areas of the region – Inverness and eastern parts of Ross-shire.

Ross and Cromarty had 200 confirmed infections in the seven days to January 6, and an infection rate of 347 per 100,000. These were down from 216 infections (and a rate of 374.9) in the seven days to January 5.

Inverness and the 'wards' immediately surrounding it had 238 cases (and a rate of 269.2) in the seven days to January 6 – down from 285 infections (and a rate of 322.4).

Related news: Almost 100 new Covid cases across NHS Highland


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