The surge in Covid cases in South Ayrshire continues unabated, as the weekly total rose by almost 100.

The latest Public Health Scotland statistics show that there were 455 positive tests returned in the area between November 6-12.

That’s an increase from 374 the previous week and means we now have a seven-day rate per 100,000 of population of 405.7.

The neighbourhood worst affected currently is Maybole (60 cases), due in part to an outbreak of Covid cases at Gardenrose Primary School last week.

Carrick South, which borders Maybole, saw 59 cases.

There were 24 cases in the Prestwick Airport and Monkton neighbourhood and 19 and 16 in Girvan Glendoune and Girvan Ailsa.

Cases have come down slightly in the Girvan neighbourhoods after Girvan Primary was shut last week because of an outbreak there.

On vaccinations 94.6 of people in South Ayrshire aged over 12 have now received at least a first dose of a Covid vaccine, a 0.01 per cent increase on last week. 87.1 per cent have had two, up 0.02 on the week before and 28.3 per cent have had a third jag, up 4.4 per cent.

According to the latest statistics from the National Records of Scotland, four people people from South Ayrshire died where Covid-19 was mentioned on their death certificate between November 1-7, up one from the week before.

As of November 7, 11,818 deaths have been registered in Scotland where the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) was mentioned on the death certificate. In the week November 1-7, 140 deaths were registered.