These are the local authorities in Scotland with the highest coronavirus infection rates right now

Tougher lockdown restrictions have been reimposed in Aberdeen (Photo: Getty Images)Tougher lockdown restrictions have been reimposed in Aberdeen (Photo: Getty Images)
Tougher lockdown restrictions have been reimposed in Aberdeen (Photo: Getty Images)

Tougher lockdown restrictions have been imposed in Aberdeen, after the Scottish Government enforced a local lockdown.

The strict measures, which saw all bars and restaurants forced to close as of 5pm on Wednesday (5 August), were put in place after a spike in cases were recorded in the city over the course of the week.

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A five-mile travel ban has also been reimposed, as well as a ban on the mixing of households.

But could other parts of Scotland be at risk of a local lockdown? Here’s what you need to know.

Which areas are under local lockdown?

Parts of Scotland and England have been placed under local lockdowns in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

In England, a local lockdown was enforced in Leicester in mid-June following a surge in coronavirus cases, which saw non-essential shops forced to close along with schools, except for vulnerable children and key workers.

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All but essential travel to, from and within the city has also been discouraged and residents have been told to stay at home wherever possible.

Restrictions for the Borough of Oadby and Wigston were lifted on 1 August, while businesses and venues were permitted to reopen in Leicester City from 3 August. All other restrictions remain in place, with the next review to take place by 13 August.

Parts of Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and West Yorkshire have also seen restrictions reimposed, with people no longer allowed to meet with people who do not live in their household in a private home or garden, or in other indoor public venues, such as pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops and places or worship.

In Scotland, Aberdeen is currently the only area to be subject to a local lockdown after an outbreak of more than 50 cases.

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The measures have seen pubs and restaurants forced to close, a five-mile travel ban imposed on residents, and people from other areas told not to travel to the city. Residents are also not allowed to socialise with other households in their homes, gardens or any other indoor venue.

The restrictions are to be reviewed on 12 August and could be extended if necessary.

Ms Sturgeon has also announced that health bosses are investigating if a possible cluster of coronavirus cases has broken out in the Greater Glasgow area.

A total of 17 cases were confirmed in Scotland’s largest NHS health board area on Wednesday (5 August), which includes Glasgow and the neighbouring council areas of Renfrewshire and Inverclyde.

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Which areas of Scotland have the highest infection rate?

The local authorities in Scotland with current highest rates of coronavirus infections have been revealed by Public Health Scotland (PHS).

The figures are based on results from NHS laboratories and UK government testing centres in Scotland as of 6 August.

The infection rate is expressed as the rate of positive cases per 100,000 people, local authority.

  • Dundee City - 656.3
  • Midlothian - 578.6
  • East Dunbartonshire - 496.1
  • West Dunbartonshire - 485.8
  • Inverclyde - 474.3
  • South Lanarkshire - 427.7
  • Falkirk - 415.2
  • Glasgow - 410.0
  • North Lanarkshire - 408.6
  • Aberdeen City - 404.1
  • Angus - 401.0
  • Renfrewshire - 392.0
  • Clackmannanshire - 388.0
  • East Renfrewshire - 386.3
  • East Ayrshire - 369.6
  • South Ayrshire - 353.4
  • City of Edinburgh - 347.9
  • North Ayrshire - 303.5
  • Scottish Borders - 300.4
  • West Lothian - 280.2
  • East Lothian - 260.5
  • Shetland Islands - 235.6
  • Perth and Kinross - 229.0
  • Fife - 253.8
  • Stirling - 246.3
  • Dumfries and Galloway - 204.9
  • Aberdeenshire - 202.5
  • Argyll and Bute - 195.6
  • Moray - 96.0
  • Highland - 91.2
  • Orkney Islands - 40.4
  • Na h-Eileanan Siar - 26.2