First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that North Ayrshire will remain in level three resrictions for the time being. 

In her weekly statement to parliament, the First Minister confirmed that no changes to restirction levels across the central belt and the West of Scotland.  

She said: "I can confirm that the Scottish Government is not proposing any changes today to levels that apply to each area.

"Across the whole country, restricions put in place are having an imapct and the number of cases are stabilising. 

"We now have grounds for cautious optimism that numbers may be declining, as well as hospital admissions and ICU admissions.

"The national picture which is positive masks regional variations, which is why we took action to put some authorities into the toughest restricitons."

The First Minister revealed that the current R number of the virus is thought to be between 0.8 and 1.  

The First Minister had hinted that there would be no change to the authority's level at her daily briefing yesterday. 

Between November 14 and 20, the rate of cases in Largs and the surrounding area increased compared to the week prior. 

Largs Central and Cumbrae and Largs North both had case rates of over 100 per 100,000 between those dates. 

However, confirmed cases and the rate of cases continue to fall in North Ayrshire as a whole, with 169 cases confirmed between November 14 and 20, compared to 188 cases the previous week.

A total of 771 cases were confirmed yesterday, and an additional 41 deaths were reported.