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At least 40 Covid cases in Caithness in latest seven-day period

By Alan Hendry

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There were at least 40 positive tests for Covid-19 in Caithness, and 19 in Sutherland, during the latest seven-day period recorded by Public Health Scotland.

The figures were based on people tested from August 21-27.

The national agency's interactive dashboard has a map giving the number of positive cases in specific Scottish neighbourhoods, seven of which are in Caithness.

There were 14 positive cases in the Thurso West neighbourhood and seven each in Caithness South and Caithness North West over the seven-day period. Wick South had five cases, while there were four in Caithness North East and three in Thurso East.

If a neighbourhood has fewer than three positive cases, the number is presented as 0-2 "to help protect patient confidentiality". The county's other neighbourhood – Wick North – came into this category based on tests from August 21-27, meaning there could have been zero, one or two positive cases.

There were seven cases in the Sutherland North and West neighbourhood, with six each in Sutherland East and Sutherland South.

Public Health Scotland reported 1126 positive cases in the Highland local authority area during the seven-day period. The region's seven-day positive rate per 100,000 population was 478.3.

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