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Covid-19 cases rise by 80 in Caithness over last seven days, according to Public Health Scotland

By John Davidson

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Eighty new cases of coronavirus have been detected across Caithness in the latest seven-day period recorded by Public Health Scotland.

It comes after NHS Highland warned of that it was facing “unprecedented pressures” across its health and social care system, exacerbated by a rise in Covid-19 numbers in the region.

The latest figures are based on people tested between September 5 and September 11.

The national agency's interactive dashboard has a map giving the number of positive Covid-19 cases in specific Scottish neighbourhoods, seven of which are in Caithness.

Caithness North West shows 18 new cases over the seven days, while Wick South had 13, Wick North 12, Caithness South and Thurso West had 11 each and Thurso East had 10. There were five new cases in Caithness North East.

There were a further 30 positive cases recorded across the three Sutherland neighbourhood areas.

In total, Public Health Scotland reported 1190 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 505.5.

On Tuesday, there were 3375 new cases confirmed across Scotland.

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