Another 133 Covid cases have been diagnosed in Scotland – but the number of patients in hospital with the disease has dropped markedly.

Latest figures have been published this afternoon by the Scottish Government as part of its national COVID-19 daily briefing.

According to Public Health Scotland’s rolling seven-day infection rate per 100,000 population, North Lanarkshire has the highest infection rate in the country – at 61.2 as of Monday, April 26.

The second-highest is East Ayrshire which has a rate of 47.5 while South Ayrshire (46.2) has the third-highest rate. The rate for Scotland is 26.6 and the full list of all councils is just below…

North Ayrshire’s figure stands at 23.7.

7-day infection rate per 100,000 population for each council area…

0.0 Shetland Islands / Na h-Eileanan Siar

0.9 Scottish Borders

2.2 Midlothian

3.4 Angus

4.5 Orkney Islands

5.8 Argyll & Bute

6.8 Highland

8.8 Aberdeenshire

11.2 East Lothian

11.7 Stirling

15.4 Inverclyde

15.7 Aberdeen City

16.8 Dumfries & Galloway

17.5 West Lothian

19.9 East Renfrewshire

23.7 North Ayrshire

24.1 Dundee City

25.1 Renfrewshire

25.9 South Lanarkshire

26.1 Falkirk

27.2 City of Edinburgh

31.3 Fife

31.5 West Dunbartonshire

32.2 Perth & Kinross

38.5 Glasgow City

42.7 Clackmannanshire

44.2 East Dunbartonshire

44.9 Moray

46.2 South Ayrshire

47.5 East Ayrshire

61.2 North Lanarkshire

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There has been one more death in the last 24 hours which means 7,653 people have passed away since March 2020.

However, data from the National Records of Scotland (NRS) shows 10,055 deaths had been registered up to Sunday, April 18 where the disease was mentioned on the death certificate.

Across the UK, the figure is 127,434 as of last night.

The number of newly-reported positive coronavirus cases recorded by NHS Ayrshire & Arran has risen by nine to 16,950.

Of the new cases, four were from East Ayrshire, three were attributed to North Ayrshire and two are in South Ayrshire.

There were zero new cases recorded in Argyll & Bute, East Lothian, Midlothian, Na h-Eileanan Siar, Scottish Borders and the Shetland Islands while the Orkney Islands had its total actually reduced by one following further analysis.

There are fewer than five people within the NHS Ayrshire & Arran health board region in intensive care with confirmed COVID-19 which is the same figure as yesterday.

In addition, the number of people in Ayrshire’s hospitals with confirmed coronavirus at midnight was five which is a reduction on three from yesterday. Nationally, there are 81 Covid patients being treated in hospital which is down 12 on yesterday.

A total of 225,479 positive tests have been recorded since the end of February from 1.906 million tests carried out.

Across Scotland, as of 8.30am this morning, a total of 2,782,162 people had received the first dose of their Covid vaccine with 1,102,690 having received their second dose.

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