A further 204 Covid cases have been announced in Scotland as lockdown-weary citizens hit the road on what has been dubbed 'Freedom Friday'.

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

According to Public Health Scotland's rolling seven-day infection rate per 100,000 population, Clackmannanshire still has the highest infection rate in the country – at 62.1 as of Thursday, April 15 – but it is tumbling significantly.

The second-highest is Glasgow City which has a rate of 58.9 while North Lanarkshire (57.7) has the third-highest rate. The rate for Scotland is 32.5 and the full list of all councils is just below...

Locally, South Ayrshire stood at just 9.8 and in North Ayrshire it was 18.6. East Ayrshire's figure was 22.9.

The figures were released after travel restrictions across the nation were lifted and meeting up outdoors with six people from six different households was permitted; Under-12s do not count towards this total while indoor gatherings are still not allowed.

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

0.0 Orkney Islands / Na h-Eileanan Siar

3.5 Scottish Borders

4.0 Dumfries & Galloway

5.8 Argyll & Bute

7.7 Angus

8.4 East Lothian

9.7 Midlothian

9.8 South Ayrshire

13.1 Shetland Islands

14.5 Aberdeenshire

15.7 Highland

16.2 City of Edinburgh

16.5 Perth & Kinross

18.6 North Ayrshire

20.3 East Dunbartonshire

20.6 Inverclyde

22.9 East Ayrshire

25.9 West Dunbartonshire

29.3 Aberdeen City

36.1 Stirling

40.9 Dundee City

41.0 Falkirk

42.9 East Renfrewshire

43.1 South Lanarkshire

45.0 Fife

45.9 Moray

48.6 West Lothian

57.5 Renfrewshire

57.7 North Lanarkshire

58.9 Glasgow City

62.1 Clackmannanshire

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Tragically, three more deaths have been recorded in the last 24 hours, although none were from the NHS Ayrshire & Arran region, which means 7,640 people have passed away since March 2020.

However, data from the National Records of Scotland (NRS) shows 10,031 deaths had been registered up to Sunday, April 11 where the disease was mentioned on the death certificate.

Across the UK, the figure is 127,191 as of last night.

The number of newly-reported positive coronavirus cases recorded by NHS Ayrshire & Arran is up 15 but the figure has increased by 29 as it includes historic results just being uploaded to the system. Therefore, the region's total since the start of the pandemic is now 16,758.

There are fewer than five people within the NHS Ayrshire & Arran health board region in intensive care with confirmed COVID-19 which is the same figure as yesterday.

In addition, the number of people in hospital with confirmed coronavirus at midnight was 10 which is down two on yesterday. Nationally, there are 109 Covid patients being treated in hospital which is a reduction of six from yesterday.

A total of 223,261 positive tests have been recorded since the end of February from 1.875 million tests carried out.

Across Scotland, as of 8.30am this morning, a total of 2,722,084 people had received the first dose of their Covid vaccine with 688,761 having received their second dose.

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