Covid-19 rates across West Dunbartonshire are continuing to tumble, with the area’s rate at its lowest level since data was first published last autumn.

Just 14 cases of the coronavirus were reported across the locality in the seven days leading up to April 16, giving West Dunbartonshire a rate of 15.7 cases per 100,000. Figures peaked at more than 260 cases per 100,000 in January.

Test positivity was low too, sitting at just one percent, with the World Health Organisation stating that positivity of below five percent means that the virus is under control.

Across the area the virus is not classed as suppressed (where fewer than three cases have been recorded in the last seven days) in three neighbourhoods; Bonhill, Singer and Clydebank South and Kilpatrick.

Sunny weather pics in Levengrove Park on Saturday
The good weather and decision to ease restrictions saw many people meet up in Levengrove over the weekend.

Three new cases were recorded in Bonhill over the previous seven days in the latest figures, a decrease of one week-on-week, giving the area a rate of 50.7 cases per 100,000. Three cases were also recorded in Kilpatrick - giving it a rate of 61.8 per 100,000.

In Singer and Clydebank South the average sat at 64.4.

Across Scotland meanwhile rates are continuing to plummet as the vaccination programme continues. The national average of cases per 100,000 dropped from 38.2 to 28.9 over the previous seven days - whilst more than 50 percent of the country’s total population has now received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Meanwhile, according to West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP), good progress is being made in administering the second dose of the Covid vaccine.

A spokesperson told the Lennox Herald that those waiting on news of their appointment should contact the national helpline on 0800 030 8013 or visit www.nhsinform.scot if they are approaching the 12-week mark since their first dose.

GV's of Dunbartonshire area after new lockdown measures photos taken on Wednesday the 6th January 2021 of Alexandria
Strict lockdown measures have been in place since Boxing Day.

They said: “The rollout of the second dose is progressing on a schedule of 10 to 12 weeks after the first dose is given.”

The spokesperson also confirmed that there have previously been incidents where patients have been given appointments at their GP practice but have attended the mass vaccination clinic at Alexandria Community Centre instead.

The spokesperson added: “Any misunderstandings regarding vaccine appointments can be rectified by contacting the National Helpline on 0800 030 8013.”

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is set to deliver a coronavirus briefing today (Tuesday) when it is anticipated she will indicate which tiers regions will be placed into from next Monday, April 26.

These will outline the restrictions to be expected over the next three weeks.