LATEST coronavirus data for East Lothian reveals that infection levels are now half of what they were a month ago, while the county’s seven-day Covid rate per 100,000 population is the lowest it has been for two months.

Statistics from Public Health Scotland show that the number of positive cases of the virus in the county continues to decrease.

Between November 23 and 29, 49 positive cases were recorded in East Lothian, with the county’s seven-day figure per 100,000 of the population standing at 45.8. Three new cases were recorded on Tuesday of this week.

The county’s seven-day rate was last at 45.8 between October 1 and 7 and has not been below 54 since then, apart from November 14-20 when it was 49.5.

And now cases are lower than they were a week ago.

Seven days ago (November 16-22), there were 65 positive cases recorded and the seven-day rate was 60.7.

The latest figures are half of what they were a month ago (October 23-29), when 104 cases were recorded and the seven-day rate was sitting at 97.1.

East Lothian’s figures remain the lowest in the Lothians and are the eighth lowest in Scotland.

Edinburgh’s seven-day rate is now sitting at 67.8, Midlothian’s at 62.7 and West Lothian’s at 122.9.

Data from Public Health Scotland shows that three parts of East Lothian are currently areas of concern.

Prestonpans West, Pinkie Braes and Musselburgh South continue to have a seven-day positive rate per 100,000 of the population of 100 or more.

In the seven days to November 29, Prestonpans West recorded 12 cases, Pinkie Braes recorded between one and four, and Musselburgh South recorded six cases.

The majority of East Lothian has a seven-day rate per 100,000 of less than 49, with East Linton, Musselburgh West, Musselburgh North, Tranent South and Ormiston recording no cases in the seven days up to November 29.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on Tuesday that all Covid protection tiers in Scotland would remain the same for now, keeping East Lothian in Level 2.