Covid Scotland: The three most infectious neighbourhoods in Edinburgh this week

By Sian Traynor

In the last week, coronavirus cases have remained at incredibly high levels in Edinburgh due to the Omicron variant.

The capital city has seen every area now be given the highest category of infections, with 400+ cases per 100,000 of population.

With a number of restrictions remaining in place for an extra week, the city will see a ban on nightclub venues, standing service at bars and football matches remain for now.

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However, although every neighbourhood in Edinburgh is reporting high case rates, there are three localities which are reporting higher infection rates than anywhere else.

With the infection rate measured by the amount of cases against the number of people living in the area, Craigmillar, Parkhead and Sighthill, and Gilmerton South and the Murrays have come out top.

Craigmillar is currently reporting the highest infection rates in the city, with 196 cases over a seven day period. This gave the area an infection rate of 3,260.7.

In second place was Parkhead and Sighthill, with 96 cases in the last seven days the area has an infection rate of 3,056.4.

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Following them was Gilmerton South and the Murrays, with 132 cases the neighbourhood received an infection rate of 2,983.1.

It comes as Nicola Sturgeon announced a number of changes to self-isolation rules and coronavirus testing due to the huge proportion of the country that had been staying at home.

On Tuesday the First Minister stated that those who have tested positive or are isolating can end isolation on day seven as long as they have no fever and record two negative lateral flow tests, no earlier than day 6 after testing positive and another at least 24 hours later.

Regarding those who are fully vaccinated close contacts or household contacts, who are either under the age of 18 years, 4 months, or who are older than that and fully vaccinated, new rules will also apply.


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