A further 3,002 Covid cases have been confirmed in Scotland within the last 24 hours.

Data has been published by the Scottish Government and Public Health Scotland (PHS) this afternoon as part of the national Covid-19 daily briefing.

Nationally, there are 680 patients being treated in hospital which is down 22 from yesterday. There are currently 48 people with the disease being treated in ICUs.

The number of newly-reported positive coronavirus cases recorded by NHS Ayrshire & Arran has rose by 291 to 51,905.

Of the new cases, 112 were from East Ayrshire, 109 in South Ayrshire and 70 attributed to North Ayrshire.

A total of 733,329 positive tests have now been recorded from 3.691 million tests carried out since the start of the pandemic.

According to Public Health Scotland's rolling seven-day infection rate per 100,000 population, Falkirk has the highest rate in the country – at 599.2 as of Tuesday, December 1.

East Ayrshire has the second-highest infection rate at 467.9 while East Renfrewshire is third with 428.9.

In terms of Ayrshire's other local authorities, it is 309.4 in South Ayrshire and North Ayrshire's is 283.8

A total of 17 of Scotland's 32 council regions have an infection rate below the national average of 330.2.

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

111.6 Orkney Islands

166.2 Shetland Islands

231.1 Highland

234.0 Na h-Eileanan Siar

235.9 Dundee City

245.8 Argyll & Bute

256.7 Glasgow City

267.9 Perth & Kinross

277.7 Scottish Borders

281.3 Midlothian

282.6 Renfrewshire

283.8 North Ayrshire

291.0 Aberdeenshire

309.4 South Ayrshire

315.8 South Lanarkshire

321.3 City of Edinburgh

329.5 Stirling

337.3 West Dunbartonshire

347.9 Moray

354.1 North Lanarkshire

354.9 Aberdeen City

355.6 Inverclyde

364.2 Dumfries & Galloway

366.5 Clackmannanshire

384.1 West Lothian

393.7 Fife

398.5 East Lothian

401.5 Angus

421.1 East Dunbartonshire

428.9 East Renfrewshire

467.9 East Ayrshire

599.2 Falkirk

Another 27 deaths mean 9,618 people have passed away since March 2020.

However, data from the National Records of Scotland (NRS) shows 12,127 deaths had been registered up to Sunday, November 28 where the disease was mentioned on the death certificate.

Across the UK, the figure is 145,140 as of last night.

There are 59 patients being treated for the disease in Ayrshire hospitals, which is down five on yesterday, and fewer than five people in ICUs.

Nationally, a total of 4,349,058 people have received the first dose of a Covid vaccine; 3,953,170 are doubled jabbed and 1,755,694 have had their third dose/booster.

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