THE number of coronavirus cases per 100,000 of the population in the Borders has increased in the last week.

According to data collated by Public Health Scotland, the seven-day positive case rate for February 14-20 is 39 per 100,000 (based on 45 new cases).

As reported on February 15, the seven-day rate for February 6-12 was 27.7 per 100,000.

Over the same time period, 26 out of 30 areas in the Borders reported fewer than three confirmed cases of coronavirus.

However, according to the figures published today (Tuesday, February 23), this has now dropped to 24 out of 30.

The areas with fewer than three cases and 'suppressed' case rates are: Tweeddale East Area; St Boswells and Newtown Area; Selkirk; Peebles South Area; Peebles North Area; Melrose and Tweedbank Area; Lauder and Area; Langlee; Kelso South; Jedburgh; Hawick West End; Hawick North; Hawick Central; Galashiels South; Galashiels North; Eyemouth; Ettrick and Lilliesleaf Area; Duns; Chirnside and Area; Denholm and Hermitage; Cheviot West; Burnfoot; and Berwickshire East.

The area with the highest case rate is Coldstream and Area, recording a case rate of 509.5 per 100,000 between February 14 and 20 (based on 14 new cases).

Kelso North has the next highest, recording a rate of 93.1 per 100,000 and three positive cases.

The remaining areas with three or more cases are Cheviot East; Berwickshire Central; Earlston, Stow and Clovenfords; and Tweeddale West. They all report case rates of 64.8 to 86.4 per 100,000 (based on three or four cases).

To view the interactive map, click here and select 'cases by neighbourhood'.