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At least 49 Covid cases in Caithness in latest seven-day period

By Alan Hendry

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There were at least 49 positive tests for Covid-19 in Caithness, and 15 in Sutherland, during the latest seven-day period recorded by Public Health Scotland.

The figures were based on people tested from August 24-30.

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 17 positive cases in the Thurso West neighbourhood and nine each in Caithness North West and Caithness South over the seven-day period. Wick North and Wick South had five cases each, while there were four in Caithness North 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 – Thurso East – came into this category based on tests from August 24-30, meaning there could have been zero, one or two positive cases.

There were eight cases in the Sutherland South neighbourhood, four in Sutherland North and West and three in Sutherland East.

The two Highland neighbourhoods with the highest numbers were in Lochaber, with 153 cases in Fort William North and Fort William South combined (78 and 75 respectively).

Public Health Scotland reported 1212 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 514.8.

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