The latest data reveals that West Lothian is second highest in Scotland for Covid-19 infections.
The Public Health data as of February 21 shows that there were 29 new cases in West Lothian, 365 over the past seven days and a total of 6447 since the first person tested positive in the county on March 9, 2020.
The 199 people per 100,000 who have tested positive in the past week in West Lothian mean that the area is nearly double the national average of 104.
West Lothian’s 199 per 100,000 is the second highest in Scotland on seven day test positivity for Covid-19 infections, with only Falkirk higher.
In Lothian there were 140 new cases, 1063 in the week between February 13 to 19, and a new total of 27,052.
Across Scotland there were 715 new cases, 5676 over the past seven days and 198,194 since records began.
The outbreak at HMP Addiewell is no longer the primary reason for the spike in infections.
There are now six of the 37 neighbourhoods in the highest zone on the PHS heatmap for West Lothian, with more 400 cases per 100,000 of their population.
Breich Valley, with HMP Addiewell, has had 31 cases over the past seven days, Whitburn, Croftmulloch and Greenrigg 28, Blaeberry Hill and East Whitburn 30, Blackburn 23, Bathgate and Boghall 18 and Bathgate West hhad 25.
The virus has only been contained in five neighbourhoods, Howden, Linlithgow North and South, Pumpherston and Uphall Station and Seafield.
As the first batch of children return to school across the county today, the education secretary, John Swinney, said government ministers will monitor data for Covid-19 infections before deciding whether more children can go back.
Swinney took time to appeal that parents adhere to “the physical distancing requirements at the school gate” when dropping children off this week.
Nicola Sturgeon also said today that it is unlikely any more children will return until March 15.
She will announce plans for the country’s exit from lockdown tomorrow but that children returning to schools is their priority.
The First Minister says West Lothian and the rest of Scotland will return to the levels system after lockdown is over.
Ms Sturgeon said: “We will seek to set out tomorrow an indicative order of priority and the likely phasing of firstly the gradual lifting of the current lockdown restrictions and then in due course, a return to the geographic levels system when we would decide whether all or parts of the country may move out of Level 4 and into Level 3, and of course that’s the part where more parts of the economy will start to open up.
“This will be a cautious way forward because it’s really important that as we come out of this lockdown, we do so sustainably.”
Meanwhile, it has been revealed that the Scottish Government believe they could have the whole of the country vaccinated by July 31 if they receive enough supplies.
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