New Covid-19 cases in South Lanarkshire have fallen below 600-a-week for the first time since the end of September.

Figures published by Public Health Scotland revealed that there were 588 new cases in the region between Sunday, November 22, and Saturday, November 28 - the lowest weekly total since since the week beginning September 28.

In the first full week of level four lock down, the number of new cases in the region fell by almost a fifth (17 per cent).

A drop in case numbers was recorded across the board with East Kilbride and Avondale, Clydesdale, Rutherglen and Cambuslang and the Hamilton area all seeing a reduction.

Cases in Clydesdale are down by a third to 53 last week while numbers in Rutherglen and Cambuslang fell by 26 per cent to 142.

In East Kilbride and Avondale, new coronavirus cases fell by 11 per cent last week to 205 while numbers in the Hamilton area are down by 10 per cent to 188.

Rutherglen and Cambuslang remains the region's covid hotspot after 2.25 cases were recorded for every 1000 residents last week.

The rate of new cases in the Hamilton area (1.88) and East Kilbride and Avondale (2.14) was lower due to the larger populations, with the rate in Hamilton falling below two per thousand for the first time since September.

In Clydesdale, less than one case for every thousand residents (0.87) was recorded for the first time since September.

Uddingston and Gardenside was the neighbourhood which saw the most new coronavirus cases across South Lanarkshire last week, at 32.

That equates to 4.78 cases per 1000 residents, however Burnbank South and Chantinghall - which had 19 new cases last week - had the highest rate of new cases across the region at 5.04 due to its smaller population.

Halfway, Hallside and Drumsagard (23) and Vicarland and Cairns (21) were the only other neighbourhoods to see more than 20 new cases last week.

Last week, 60 of the 82 neighbourhoods in South Lanarkshire saw less than 10 new cases.

However, there was at least one instance of coronavirus recorded in every neighbourhood after new cases were recorded in Clydesdale South for the first time in three weeks.

Breakdown of cases by neighbourhood:

Hamilton area

Clydesdale

East Kilbride and Avondale

Rutherglen and Cambuslang

*Where a neighbourhood has fewer than five cases this is being presented as 1-4 to help protect patient confidentiality.