ALL 13 of the neighbourhoods in the Central Fife Times area remained in the highest category for Covid-19 cases for the last seven days.

However, it is an improving picture with the number of positive tests in the Kingdom dropping by more than 2,000 compared to the previous week.

Cardenden was again the worst hit area in this patch, with 64 people catching the virus between January 11 and 17, according to the latest Public Health Scotland figures.

The other 12 neighbourhoods in the Times area were also in the 400-plus cases per 100,000 population category, which is the highest grouping.

Between January 11 and 17 in Fife there were 2,309 positive cases – down from 4,821 the previous week – which gave a seven-day positive rate of 617.2 people per 100,000 population.

Just over a fifth of the PCR tests carried out over those seven days were positive.

The other local neighbourhoods in the highest bracket for Covid cases were: Aberdour and Auchtertool (20 cases); Ballingry (42); Cowdenbeath North (21); Cowdenbeath South (21); Crossgates and Halbeath (22); Hill of Beath and Kingseat (26); Kelty East (24); Kelty West (19); Lochgelly East (33); Lochgelly West and Lumphinnans (24); Lochore and Crosshill (26) and Thornton and Kinglassie (21).