THE number of new coronavirus cases in East Lothian has risen dramatically, with almost half of the new infections in Dunbar.

According to the latest data from Public Health Scotland, East Lothian recorded 71 cases of Covid-19 between May 30 and June 5.

This gives a seven-day positive rate per 100,000 population of 66.3 and a test positivity rate of 2.1 per cent.

The previous week (May 23-29), the county’s figures stood at less than half that with only 26 positive cases and a seven-day positive rate of 24.3.

Dunbar has seen a sharp spike in figures recently. Two weeks ago (between May 23-29) the town had 10 confirmed cases; in the seven days up to June 5 it had 30.

Dunbar East recorded 11 cases, giving a seven-day positive rate per 100,000 people of 236. Dunbar West, which includes Belhaven, West Barns and the town's schools, recorded 19 cases, producing a seven-day positive rate of 347.

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Five other parts of East Lothian recorded more than three cases of Covid-19 - and all have a seven-day positive rate less than 199.

Wallyford and Whitecraig recorded 10 cases, Musselburgh North had seven and Pinkie Braes, Musselburgh East and East Linton and Rural each recorded three.

The rest of the county recorded fewer than two cases each.

Despite this huge rise in figures, the number of deaths from the virus has remained the same, with zero recorded since March 27.

There has been a rise in coronavirus cases all over Scotland with neighbouring Midlothian recording a seven-day positive rate per 100,000 people of 133, Edinburgh of 173.7 and West Lothian at 80.8.

Up to June 7, 71,134 people in East Lothian had received at least one dose of a vaccine, or 83.4 per cent of adults over the age of 18.

A total of 46,216 people over the age of 18 have received at least two doses of a vaccine, or 54.2 per cent of the population.

All of those over the age of 55 in the county have received at least one dose of a vaccine. The number is then 95.2 per cent of those aged 50-54. 86.3 per cent of those 40-49, 76.7 per cent of 30–39-year-olds and 27.2 per cent of 18–29-year-olds.