Coronavirus infections in Edinburgh are currently similar to levels recorded in August, with the capital recording one of the lowest positivity rates in Scotland.
In the seven days leading up to January 30, the coronavirus positivity rate per 100,000 population in the capital was 70.1, down from 107.1 the previous week.
Glasgow City recorded a positivity rate more nearly three times larger than Edinburgh at 205.2.
Using an infection rate per 100,000 people allows us to compare two areas against each other proportionately accounting for population size differences.
Closer to home, Midlothian recorded at rate of 112.5 whilst in West Lothian the figure is 140.4 where 257 cases were reported in the previous seven days.
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East Lothian has an infection almost identical to Edinburgh’s, with 75 new cases reported in the seven days leading up to 30 January.
Over in Fife, 312 new cases led to a positivity rate per 100,000 people of 83.5.
In the capital, only a small number of areas currently have a positivity rate between 200 to 399 per 100,000.
These areas include Mortonhall, Gracemount, Gilmerton South and parts of Leith.
In a majority of areas, the number of cases in the last seven days was below three, meaning the data was suppressed to protect confidentiality.
Welcoming the rates, Edinburgh Council leader Adam McVey tweeted to thank locals and businesses for sticking with the rules.
It comes as new National Records of Scotland data also showed the numbers of deaths recorded in Edinburgh and the Lothians.
This weekly data includes deaths where coronavirus was confirmed or suspected to have contributed to a person’s death.
As at 31 January, 8,347 deaths have been registered in Scotland where the virus was mentioned on the death certificate.
In the week 25-31 January, 440 deaths were registered that mentioned the virus on the death certificate, this is a decrease of 12 deaths from the previous week.
Of the 440 deaths between 25-31 January, 68 per cent were of people aged 75 and over, and 14 percent were aged under 65.
The highest number of deaths occurred in Glasgow City at 67, followed by North Lanarkshire and City of Edinburgh both at 40.
48 per cent of deaths were amongst men, whilst 52 per cent (210) were women.
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