There are tentative signs that South Ayrshire’s most recent rise in Covid cases has peaked, as case numbers have come down slightly compared to the previous week.

The most recent Public Health Scotland data shows that there were 765 positive tests returned in South Ayrshire between September 4-10.

That’s three less cases than the previous week and represents a seven-day rate per 100,000 of 682.2.

94,7 per cent of all people aged 16 and over in South Ayrshire have now had at least one dose of a Covid vaccine. 88.5 per cent have had two doses.

According to the latest National Records of Scotland statistics, one person in South Ayrshire died where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate between August 30 - September 5.

Last week, MSPs voted to back the introduction of a Covid vaccine passport scheme, which will come into effect on October 1.

It means that nightclubs and large events will only be able to allow entry to people who can show they have had two doses of a Covid vaccine.

The scheme has been introduced to allow events to go ahead despite surging cases of Covid-19 in communities.

It means we avoid the re-imposition of wider restrictions, and it is hoped it will encourage the uptake of the vaccine in younger people.

It will work by accessing an NHS Scotland Covid Status App, which will be available from September 30, which will show a QR code for each vaccination.

The Greens supported the SNP in passing the bill. The Conservatives, Labour, and the Lib Dems all opposed the scheme.