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Covid cases rise to 18 in Wick South neighbourhood

By Alan Hendry

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The number of positive cases of Covid-19 in Wick South has risen to 18, according to the latest statistics.

There were at least 33 cases across Caithness as a whole over the most recent seven-day period covered by Public Health Scotland.

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

As well as the 18 in Wick South – an increase of three – the statistics for the period January 4-10 show six cases in Thurso West, five in Caithness North West and four in Caithness North East.

If a neighbourhood has fewer than three positive cases the number is presented as "0-2". The county's three other neighbourhoods – Caithness South, Thurso East and Wick North – all came into this category for January 4-10, meaning there could have been zero, one or two positive cases in each.

The dashboard reported 471 positive cases in the Highland local authority area during the seven-day period, down from 513. The region's seven-day positive rate per 100,000 population had fallen from 217.5 to 199.7.

Ross-shire neighbourhoods continued to see the highest numbers of positive cases in the region, with 68 in Alness, 45 in Invergordon and 22 in Dingwall.

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