The First Minister has announced that North Ayrshire is to remain in level three restrictions for a sixth week.

Three areas previously in this level are moving down to level two restrictions from Friday, including Inverclyde.

However, seven level three areas, including North Ayrshire, will remain in these restrictions for next week. 

Cases in Largs and the surrounding area are amongst the lowest in the authority, however overall numbers in North Ayrshire are not falling. 

All 11 local authorities who have been in level four restrictions, including South and East Ayrshire, will move to level three from 6pm on Friday December 11.

The First Minister has warned residents not to show complacency in the weeks ahead.

She said: "We must not at this stage drop our guard, the virus and its risks unfortunately remain with us.

"We can expect the winter period ahead to be especially tough, the NHS will be coping with the impact of covid and other winter pressures.

"We have no grounds at all for complacency for the months ahead."

A total of 692 positive cases were confirmed across the country in the past 24 hours, with a further 33 deaths.