The number of weekly positive Covid cases recorded in South Ayrshire has shot up again, increasing by almost double from one week to the next.

The latest data from Public Health Scotland reveals there were 678 new cases between August 21-27.

That’s a massive jump of 314 more cases recorded in comparison to the week before.

The rise now gives us a seven-day rate per 100,000 population of 604.6, which is another predictable increase from last week.

Despite this rise, there are still 17 local authority areas in the country with a worse seven-day rate than South Ayrshire.

Most of the country appears to be seeing a similar increase in case numbers as the virus spreads now that most restrictions have been removed.

Currently none of the 25 neighbourhoods in South Ayrshire are classed as having suppressed the virus, meaning they have all recorded at least three positive cases in the past seven days.

Girvan Glendoune recorded the lowest amount of new cases with just six people testing positive between August 21 and 27.

However, Dundonald, Loans and Symington recorded the most new cases, with 50 being reported.

Alloway and Doonfoot, and Ayr South Harbour and Town Centre

weren’t far behind, with both recording 44 new cases.

In the wee August 16-22 no deaths were recorded in South Ayrshire where coronavirus was mentioned on the death certificate.

This is a welcomed decrease of two from statistics from the previous week.