New information reveals Covid-19 infections have more then doubled in West Lothian in the last week.

The latest Public Health Scotland data shows that there were 22 new infections as of June 9.

Across the week between June 1 to June 7 there were another 173 infections.

This means the seven day positivity rate is 94.5 per 100,000. double the figure last week, and way above the Level Two threshold.

The Courier reported last week on June 3 the weekly rate in West Lothian was 38.2 per 100,000.

The current rate of 94.5 exceeds the Level Two threshold of 50 per 100,000 and is nearing Level Three’s limit of 150 per 100,000.

Nicola Sturgeon is next expected to make an announcement on the level system at Scottish Parliament on June 21.

The First Minister said this week she was “optimistic” for the future because of the vaccination programme and hopes to be able to continue to lift the remaining restrictions.

She said: “We continue to assess the data on this very closely – and, at this stage, we remain optimistic that vaccination will allow us to move progressively to a less restrictive way of dealing with the virus.

“We have evidence that two doses of the vaccine does give protection against serious illness, even with the new Delta variant.

“And as I confirmed earlier, more than half of the adult population in Scotland has now had two doses.”

June 28 was originally hoped to be the date that all of Scotland would exit the level system but with rising infections this looks increasingly unlikely.

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