THERE'S been a marked improvement with just two out of the 13 neighbourhoods in the Central Fife Times area recording the highest rates of Covid-19.

The figures published by Public Health Scotland show hotspots across Fife between July 4 and July 10.

Cardenden with 27 cases and Lochgelly West and Lumphinnans, with 14, were in the category for places with 400-plus cases per 100,000 population, the highest grouping.

Last week the rising infection rate meant that 12 out of the 13 neighbourhoods in this area were in this bracket.

From July 10 to 16 there were 1,110 positive cases in Fife – 289 fewer than the previous week – which gave a seven-day positive rate of 297.1 people per 100,000 population.

All of the other neighbourhoods in Times land were in the second highest category, registering places with 200-399 cases per 100,000 population.

They were: Aberdour and Auchtertool (8), Ballingry (11), Cowdenbeath North (14), Cowdenbeath South (9), Crossgates and Halbeath (7), Hill of Beath and Kingseat (11), Kelty East (10), Kelty West (10), Lochgelly East (15), Lochore and Crosshill (6), Thornton and Kinglassie (13).

There were no local neighbourhoods in the 100-199 cases per 100,000 population category nor were there any that had suppressed coronavirus figures in the last seven days.