Covid hospital admissions in Ayrshire and the Borders are increasing faster than anywhere else in Scotland.
Figures show that in the Ayrshire and Arran NHS area, the number of people being treated for infection in hospital has increased by 71 percent in less than two weeks – from 88 on December 9 to 151 on December 21.
The new figures will be published later this afternoon for the health authority regions.
From Nov. 20 to Dec. 11, the boroughs of East and South Ayrshire were put under the most extreme Level 4 limits, but North Ayrshire remained at Level 3.
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Across NHS Scotland, 1,078 individuals with Covid are now in hospital – up from 972 (11 percent) on December 9.
The measure is known as a “lag indicator” because it usually takes someone to be infected with the virus and become ill enough to need hospitalization for around two to three weeks.
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The number of people hospitalized with Covid increased by 83 percent between Dec. 9 and Dec. 21 in the NHS Borders district, from 12 to 22, while there was a 38 percent rise over the same time in Lothian, from 125 to 172 patients.
The number of people hospitalized with Covid dropped by 4 percent, from 358 to 344, in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, where the prevalence of the virus was particularly high in the weeks leading up to the Stage 4 lockdown.