There have been a further 500 coronavirus cases confirmed in Scotland on the anniversary of the first diagnosis of the disease in Ayrshire.

Data has been published by the Scottish Government this afternoon as part of its national COVID-19 daily briefing.

In terms of Public Health Scotland's rolling seven-day infection rate per 100,000 population, North Ayrshire stood at 69.8 as of Wednesday, March 3. In East Ayrshire, it was 78.7 while it was 40.8 in South Ayrshire.

Falkirk currently has the highest infection rate in Scotland at 143.6. The second-highest is in Clackmannanshire which has a rate of 141.6 with Stirling (139.1) third-highest.

Tragically, there have been another 24 deaths recorded in the past 24 hours, including two from the NHS Ayrshire & Arran health board region, which means 7,398 people have passed away since March.

However, data from the National Records of Scotland (NRS) shows 9,580 deaths had been registered up to Sunday, February 28 where the disease was mentioned on the death certificate.

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Across the UK, the figure is 124,025 as of tonight.

The number of positive coronavirus cases recorded by NHS Ayrshire & Arran has increased by 32 to 15,481.

There are five people, within the health board's region, in intensive care with confirmed COVID-19 which is the same figure as yesterday.

Time Line

Coronavirus in Ayrshire: A timeline

  1. March 3, 2020

    A Kilmarnock sheltered housing complex is put on lockdown amid fears that a resident has contracted coronavirus.

    The man at the centre of the scare started feeling unwell after returning from Vietnam.

    Tests later showed he did not have the virus.

  2. March 4, 2020

    An Ayrshire resident becomes the first person in the region to be diagnosed with COVID-19. The patient is one of only three confirmed cases in Scotland.

  3. March 20, 2020

    Schools across the UK are closed.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson requests the closure of pubs, restaurants, gyms, entertainment venues, museums and galleries that evening.

  4. March 23, 2020

    Mr Johnson orders a nationwide lockdown for three weeks.

    It is also announced that police will be granted powers within days to enforce the government’s social distancing measures.

  5. March 29, 2020

    Ayrshire cases pass the 100 milestone (108) with 1,384 cases confirmed across Scotland and 41 deaths.

  6. April 5, 2020

    Figures from the National Records for Scotland show that 27 people in Ayrshire and Arran have died as a result of contracting COVID-19.

  7. April 10, 2020

    The UK reports its deadliest day since the outbreak began with 980 people dying in a single day.

    The UK death toll sits at 8,958 deaths.

  8. April 13, 2020

    The Kilmarnock Standard reveals that 147 NHS Ayrshire & Arran workers have tested positive for COVID-19.

    A total of 730 tests have been carried out on the frontline workers between Sunday, March 22 and Sunday, April 12.

  9. April 16, 2020

    Foreign secretary Dominic Raab announces that the lockdown will remain in place for three more weeks.

    Ayrshire reaches 500 confirmed cases (503).

  10. May 5, 2020

    Ayrshire hits 1000 cases (1001).

  11. June 2020

    Lockdown easing is announced with meeting people up to eight people outdoors from two households allowed.

    Face coverings are made mandatory on public transport.

    At the end of the month further easing means that indoor workplaces, street access retail and outdoor markets can reopen along with outdoor sports playgrounds, zoos and parks. Outdoor marriages allowed and people can move house. All with social distancing.

  12. July 2020

    The five-mile travel ban is lifted and holiday accommodation reopens.

    Children under 12 no longer need to social distance and 12 to 17-year-old's can meet in groups of up to eight people.

    Face coverings are made compulsory in shops from July 10.

    Air bridge systems are put in place for travel abroad.

  13. July 8, 2020

    Pubs, bars, restaurants and hotels reopen their outside spaces to customers for the first time since March.

  14. August 11, 2020

    Pupils return to school for the first time since March.

  15. October 8, 2020

    The region passes 2,000 cases (2068).

  16. September 25, 2020

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announces nationwide restrictions which affect the pub closing times and meetings within households.

  17. October 20, 2020

    Ayrshire hits 3,000 (3,099) cases 12 days after passing 2,000. Rising cases signal the start of a second wave.

  18. October 28, 2020

    The county reaches 4,000 (4,062) cases - eight days after hitting 3,000.

  19. November 2, 2020

    Scotland's new five-level tier system is introduced with Ayrshire being placed in Tier 3.

  20. November 17, 2020

    South and East Ayrshire are placed in Tier 4 while North Ayrshire remains at Tier 3.

  21. November 2020

    Ayrshire records another 2,500 cases during November as the full effect of the second wave hits. The region sits at 6,672 cases by the end of the month.

  22. December 8, 2020

    The first people in the county are vaccinated after the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine arrives in the region.

  23. December 31, 2020

    More than 2,700 cases are recorded in the region this month with Ayrshire finishing the year with 9,338 positive test.

  24. January 12, 2021

    The Scottish Government orders people not to leave their home for any non-essential purpose. Only those living in tier 3 areas, including the Scottish islands, can go outside home. Also, travellers entering Scotland have to stay in self-isolation for 10 days after arrival.

  25. February 15, 2021

    Hundreds of inmates test positive for coronavirus after a huge outbreak of coronavirus at Kilmarnock prison.

  26. March 3, 2021

    Ayrshire hospital numbers are trending downwards along with ICU patients and the amount of cases being detected each day is falling. Twinned with reducing infection rates and vaccinations, the picture is improving slowly.

  27. March 4, 2021

    NHS Ayrshire & Arran chief executive John Burns, admitted the last 12 months were the most difficult he and his team had ever faced.

    But the health board boss said there is "light at the end of the tunnel" - one year after the first Covid cases were discovered in Scotland.

    Almost 140,000 people have been inoculated since jags began in the region in December.

  28. February 1, 2021

    NHS Ayrshire & Arran records record levels of people fighting coronavirus in hospital with 243 patients hospitalised.

In addition, the number of people in hospital with confirmed coronavirus at midnight was 90 which is up two on yesterday.

A total of 204,055 positive tests have been recorded since the end of February from 1.700 million tests carried out.

Across Scotland, as of 8.30am this morning, a total of 1,688,608 people had received the first dose of their Covid vaccine with 100,058 having received their second dose.

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