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Highland seven-day Covid infection rate falls to 146.7 per 100,000 people, Public Health Scotland data for the period up to January 15 reveals


By Philip Murray

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THE seven-day Covid infection rate in the Highlands has continued its recent fall - as lockdown restrictions continue to have an impact.

The Highland Council area’s rate of new positive infections in the seven days to January 15 was 146.7 per 100,000 people.

This was down from the 163.3 being reported yesterday. However the rate is still well up on the 14.0 cases per 100,000 level that was being reported at the start of December.

There were 346 newly-confirmed infections across the council area in the seven days to January 15.

The region’s worst affected Covid hotspots continue to be the neighbouring Easter Ross towns of Invergordon and Alness, which recorded 102 new infections between them in the same seven day period.

On a national level, Scotland’s infection rate fell slightly - dropping from 222.5 per 100,000 to 216.6 when data for the seven days to January 15 was released Monday.

Here are the latest seven-day Covid-19 infection rates for your Highland neighbourhoods.

Confirmed cases and infection rate in seven days to January 15

(‘Ward’ names taken from Public Health Scotland’s online Covid map)

INVERNESS

Central, Raigmore and Longman - 18 cases (448.2 infections per 100,000 people)

Westhill - 11 (179.0)

Lochardil and Holm Mains - 7 (131.2)

Inshes - 7 (122.7)

Culloden and Balloch - 5 (126.8)

Kinmylies and South-West - 4 (97.7)

Smithton - 4 (131.4)

Slackbuie - 4 (109.9)

Hilton - 4 (105.5)

Drakies - 3 (130.5)

Drummond - 3 (86.4)

Muirtown - 3 (80.1)

Scorguie - 0-2* (between 0 and 68.7*)

Merkinch - 0-2* (between 0 and 58.0*)

Ballifeary and Dalneigh - 0-2* (between 0 and 45.6*)

Crown and Haugh - 0-2* (between 0 and 44.9*)

INVERNESS ADJACENT (wards which border Inverness ones)

Inverness West Rural - 10 cases (147.0 infections per 100,000 people)

Inverness East Rural - 7 (125.1)

Black Isle South** - 6 (8.4)

Loch Ness - 0-2* (between 0 and 43.2*)

**NB - The Black Isle South ward’s figures are also located in the data for Ross & Cromarty, but we have also included them in this list for Inverness Adjacent wards owing to the Kessock Bridge link.

ROSS AND CROMARTY

Invergordon - 53 cases (1200.2 infections per 100,000 people))

Alness - 49 (829.9)

Tain - 11 (298.0)

Ross and Cromarty Central - 13 (350.1)

Seaboard - 10 (227.8)

Ross and Cromarty East - 9 (275.7)

Conon - 8 (207.4)

Dingwall - 7 (130.9)

Black Isle South - 6 (86.4)

Muir of Ord - 0-2* (between 0 and 56.2*)

Black Isle North - 0-2* (between 0 and 55.6*)

Ross and Cromarty North-West - 0-2* (between 0 and 61.4*)

Ross and Cromarty South-West - 0-2* (between 0 and 66.3*)

Lochalsh - 0-2* (between 0 and 75.2*)

NAIRNSHIRE

Nairn Rural - 13 cases (259.3 cases per 100,000 people)

Nairn East - 3 (74.4)

Nairn West - 0-2* (between 0 and 44.8*)

BADENOCH AND STRATHSPEY

Badenoch and Strathspey South - 0-2* cases (between 0 and 51.6* infections per 100,000 people)

Badenoch and Strathspey North - 0-2* (between 0 and 41.7*)

Badenoch and Strathspey Central - 0-2* (between 0 and 37.6*)

SUTHERLAND

Sutherland South - 13 cases (211.3 infections per 100,000 people)

Sutherland North and West - 5 (153.4)

Sutherland East - 0-2* (between 0 and 48.4*)

CAITHNESS

Wick South - 10 cases (292.1 infections per 100,000 people).

Thurso West - 10 (215.8)

Caithness South - 5 (169.1)

Thurso East - 4 (153.0)

Caithness North-East - 4 (113.2)

Caithness North-West - 6 (120.5)

Wick North - 0-2* (between 0 and 62.1*)

LOCHABER

Fort William North - 0-2* cases (between 0 and 43.7 infections per 100,000 people)

Lochaber West (includes Small Isles) - 0-2* cases (between 0 and 41.6* infections per 100,000 people)

Lochaber East and North - 0-2* (between 0 and 42.0*)

Fort William South - 0-2*(0-35.3*)

SKYE

Skye North-West - 0-2* cases (between 0 and 58.6* infections per 100,000 people)

Skye North-East - 0-2* (between 0 and 56.0*)

Skye South - 0-2* (between 0 and 55.5*)

(* figures for areas with between zero and two cases are suppressed by Public Health Scotland to protect patient anonymity. The infection rate given for these areas is a range based on whether there are zero or two cases).

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