THE number of coronavirus cases in East Lothian has risen slightly in the last week, according to the latest data from Public Health Scotland.

Between October 4 and October 10, 269 cases of Covid-19 were recorded in East Lothian, giving a seven-day positive rate per 100,000 people of 249.3.

A week earlier, between September 27 and October 3, 247 cases were recorded, a seven-day positive rate of 228.9.

The county has recorded two Covid-related deaths between October 3 and 9 – one each on October 4 and 5 – bringing the total number of deaths in the county to 137.

The current coronavirus hotspot in East Lothian remains Haddington Rural – which contains Gifford – where 32 cases have been recorded in the last seven days, giving a seven-day positive rate per 100,000 people of 504.7.

The vast majority of areas of East Lothian have seven-day positive rates per 100,000 people between 100 and 300, but Cockenzie recorded fewer than three positive cases over the last seven days.

With regards to vaccinations, 78,919 residents over the age of 16 have received a second dose of a coronavirus vaccine, or 89.5 per cent, while 84,616 (95.9 per cent) have received their first dose.