West Lothian is now under the Level Two threshold.

The latest Public Health Scotland data data shows there were just 8 new cases reported in West Lothian today.

Across the past week there were 91 cases recorded in total in the county.

And the weekly positivty rate is now 49.7, under the Level Two threshold of 50 per 100,000.

This will allow pubs to be able to open in May, and cinemas and garden centres, if infections continue to decline.

Regions with infections rates below this threshold will enter into Level Two on May 17, with hospitality venues able to serve alcohol indoors.

Beer gardens are expected to be able to serve alcohol from April 26 onwards.

Meawhile, scientific adviser to the Scottish Government, Professor Mark Woolhouse, says it is safe to be outdoors this weekend and enjoy the travel restrictions ending.

However, he warned that Covid-19 may still be here for a while.

He said: “One conclusion we can draw from thousands of studies around the world, is that outdoors is a relatively safe environment in terms of covid-19,”

“When I say relatively safe, I do mean very safe. There are very few reports of outdoor transmission of covid-19 on beaches or in any other outdoor environment and there’s been a large number of studies confirming this pattern.”

But he warned that Scotland should expect some “some kind of third wave” next winter.

He said: “Most commentators again will say that it is extremely unlikely that we are going to eliminate the virus and what we have to be prepared for is some kind of third wave next winter. But hopefully nothing like as severe as the wave we’ve had this winter.”

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