The number of weekly positive Covid cases recorded in North Ayrshire has shot up again, increasing to above the 1,000 mark.

The latest data from Public Health Scotland reveals there were 1,091 new cases between August 28 and September 3.

That’s another jump from 923 positive cases being recorded in the previous week’s stats.

The rise means we now have a seven-day rate per 100,000 population of 812.7 which is another predictable increase from last week and is now above the Scottish average of 792.5.

Despite this rise, North Ayrshire is just outside of the top 10 worst affected local authority areas in the country when it comes to the seven-day rate. Again, most of the country appears to be seeing a similar increase in case numbers as the virus spreads now that most restrictions have been removed.

Currently none of the 38 neighbourhoods in North Ayrshire are classed as having suppressed the virus, meaning they have all recorded at least three positive cases in the past seven days.

Arran, Largs North and Skelmorie and Rural have all recorded the least amount of positive cases with nine each. At the other end of the scale, West Kilbride and Seamill recorded the most positive tests in the past week with 73.

In more positive news, no deaths were recorded in North Ayrshire where coronavirus was mentioned on the death certificate.

This is down from one death being recorded in the previous week’s statistics.

Across Scotland, sadly, 48 people lost their life during this period.