A further 1,044 Covid cases have been confirmed in Scotland as it emerged the number of vaccine first doses administered topped the four million landmark.

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

Nationally, there are 472 patients being treated in hospital which is down three from yesterday. There are currently 63 people with the disease being treated in ICUs.

The number of newly-reported positive coronavirus cases recorded by NHS Ayrshire & Arran has risen by 62 to 23,829.

Of the new cases, 23 were from East Ayrshire and 19 were attributed each to North and South Ayrshire.

A total of 342,059 positive tests have now been recorded from 2.436 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, North Lanarkshire has the highest infection rate in the country – at 245.6 as of Monday, July 26.

The second-highest is West Dunbartonshire which has a rate of 240.0 while East Lothian (228.9) has the third-highest rate.

Locally, East Ayrshire's infection rate stands at 178.5 with South Ayrshire at 150.7. North Ayrshire's is 140.8.

Currently, 22 of Scotland's 32 council regions have an infection rate below the national average of 186.4.

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

53.6 Orkney Islands

113.1 Aberdeenshire

134.2 Highland

140.8 North Ayrshire

143.1 Moray

149.9 East Dunbartonshire

150.7 South Ayrshire / Perth & Kinross

150.9 Na h-Eileanan Siar

153.0 Shetland Islands

153.7 Angus

153.8 Dumfries & Galloway

154.5 Scottish Borders

161.5 Aberdeen City

166.1 Renfrewshire

170.1 Stirling

175.6 Argyll & Bute

177.5 Falkirk

178.5 East Ayrshire

181.3 Clackmannanshire

184.3 East Renfrewshire

184.8 South Lanarkshire

190.3 Fife

194.7 Inverclyde

199.1 West Lothian

201.6 Dundee City

204.5 City of Edinburgh

226.5 Midlothian

227.3 Glasgow City

228.9 East Lothian

240.0 West Dunbartonshire

245.6 North Lanarkshire

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Seven new deaths in the last 24 hours which means 7,866 people have passed away since March 2020.

However, data from the National Records of Scotland (NRS) shows 10,268 deaths had been registered up to Sunday, July 18 where the disease was mentioned on the death certificate.

Across the UK, the figure is 129,172 as of last night.

There are 21 patients being treated for the disease in Ayrshire hospitals, which is up three on yesterday, and there are five in ICUs.

Nationally, a total of 4,000,658 people have received the first dose of a Covid vaccine and 3,108,928 have received their second dose.

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