Over 4000 young people aged 12 to 15 in West Lothian have received their first dose of a covid vaccine.

New figures show 4353 (46.7 per cent) jabs have been administered to this age group.

The take-up rate compares well with the rest of the country. The Scottish total is 48.2 per cent.

But newly released figures also show the rate of Covid-19 infections in West Lothian is on the rise and the county continues to sit second from the top in case numbers in Scotland.

Over the last seven days, 843 new cases have been recorded - up from 826.

The seven-day positive rate per 100,000 population has also risen to 458.6 - the Scottish average is 315.3.

East Calder recorded the highest rate of new cases (59), followed by Breich valley (46), Whitburn Central with 38 and Armadale South with 36.

It comes as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon revealed the Scottish Government is monitoring a new variant of the Delta strain which has caused a rise in infections.

And she also said secondary school pupils in Scotland will continue to wear face coverings in class after the October holidays.

The First Minister took to social media to urge Scots to practice good personal hygiene in a bid to prevent a spread of the deadly virus.

She said Delta Plus, or ‘AY.4.2’ is believed to be spreading rapidly, however not as fasts as the original Delta variant when it hit the UK earlier this year.

And despite the new strain it has not been considered a Variant of Concern or a Variant Under Investigation.

As of yesterday (Monday) 135,605 (74.06 per cent of the West Lothian population had received their first dose and 128,699 (70.28 per cent) have had their second jab.

The First Minister Tweeted: “The need to monitor this was discussed @scotgov Cabinet earlier.

“More generally, cases here - though lower than few weeks ago - remain higher than we’d like.

“So pls take care: wear masks, wash hands, ventilate indoor spaces & get vaccinated.”

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