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Covid update: Further drop in Aberdeenshire but national cases rise again

By David Porter

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Scotland saw a rise again in positive cases as a total of 1949 cases were recorded in the last 24 hours compared to 1875 the previous day.

This equated to 10.2 per cent of those tested (12.0 the previous day).

The NHS Greater Glasgow area saw 592 (607) cases, Lanarkshire 358 (280) and Lothian 192 (214) while NHS Grampian recorded 166 (136) and NHS Highland saw 58 (57) cases.

A total of 79 new deaths were also recorded in Scotland with Covid-19 as a contributing factor in the last 24 hours.

The NHS Grampian area recorded 1409 cases in the last seven days taking the overall total to 10,480.

Aberdeenshire shows the first signs of a leveling of cases.
Aberdeenshire shows the first signs of a leveling of cases.

Public Health Scotland's most up to date figures cover the seven days between January 4 and January 10 show Aberdeenshire recorded 624 positive cases (down from 664 the previous day) which equated to 10.6 per cent of all tests carried out (down from 11.1 per cent) and a positive test rate per 100,000 population of 238.9 (down from 254.2).

For the same time period, Aberdeen City saw 621 cases (down from 649) equating to 10.8 per cent of all tests (down from 11.2) and positive test rate of 271.6 per 100,000 (down from 283.8).

In the daily area figures the first tentative signs of case numbers starting to decline were seen with most areas either remaining static or showing slight drop of one or two cases.

The notable exception continued to be Cromar where numbers continued their slow climb upwards and the Durno/Chapel of Garioch area where numbers have also continued a steady day by day increase.

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