The number of Covid-19 cases being recorded in East Ayrshire each week has decreased, according to the latest statistics.

Figures from Public Health Scotland show that there were 605 positive tests returned between November 7-13.

That’s down from 660 the week before and gives us a seven-day rate per 100,000 of population of 497.5.

By that measure we are currently the eighth worst-affected council area in the country.

Cases appear to be pretty spread across the area, as shown by the map (right), with most neighbourhoods in the top two tiers of Covid prevalence classification (pink and purple, 200-399 per 100,000 population and upwards of 400 respectively.)

On vaccinations, 92.2 per cent of the population aged above 12-years-old in East Ayrshire have had at least one dose of a Covid vaccine, an increase of 0.01 on the previous week. 84 per cent have had two doses, up 0.02 on the week before and 23.7 per cent have now had three, up 3.8 per cent.

Last week, figures from the National Records of Scotland showed that there were 14 deaths of people in East Ayrshire.

That’s the most Covid-deaths reported since the week beginning February 8, 2021.

At a Covid briefing in Holyrood yesterday the First Minister confirmed that there will be no change to Covid restrictions.

However she did add that changes to the vaccine certification scheme could be afoot.

Next Tuesday, the Cabinet will meet to decide whether people will be required to present a vaccine certificate at more events and venues.