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Latest Covid figures show 93 positive tests in Caithness

By Alan Hendry

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There were 93 positive tests for Covid-19 in Caithness during the latest seven-day period recorded by Public Health Scotland.

The Thurso West neighbourhood had 38 positive cases, based on people tested between November 15 and 21.

The seven-day rate per 100,000 population for Thurso West was 820, compared with a figure of 365.3 for the region as a whole.

Public Health Scotland's interactive dashboard has a map giving the number of positive cases in individual neighbourhoods, seven of which are in Caithness.

It shows that in the most recent seven-day period there were also 19 positive cases in Wick South, 12 in Wick North, 10 in Caithness North West, six in Thurso East, five in Caithness North East and three in Caithness South.

There were 11 cases in the Sutherland South neighbourhood, eight in Sutherland North and West and four in Sutherland East.

Public Health Scotland reported 860 positive cases across the Highland local authority area during the seven-day period.

Earlier this week, Nicola Sturgeon said the most precious gift people in Scotland can give this Christmas is to be vaccinated and tested before meeting, hugging or spending any time with friends and loved ones.

“The duty and responsibility of all of us as citizens is to get vaccinated as soon as we are able,” the First Minister declared during a Covid-19 update at Holyrood on Tuesday.

She emphasised that vaccination will be vital for anyone planning to socialise over the festive period – otherwise they will be putting lives in danger.

Ms Sturgeon also confirmed there will be no extension to the Covid certification scheme. All remaining legal restrictions will stay in place.

Having a booster jab, she said, is "every bit as important as getting the initial vaccinations".

The First Minister continued: “We are already seeing the positive impact of boosters in the case numbers so the programme is going exceptionally well, but we will do everything possible to speed it up further.

“The most precious gift we can give anyone this Christmas is to be vaccinated and tested before we meet, hug or spend any time with them. Getting vaccinated does remain the single most important thing any of us can do to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our communities.

“You could well be saving your own life and the lives of your loved ones, you will be helping the NHS and you will be maximising our chances of getting through this winter without the need for further restrictions.”

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