Coronavirus in Scotland: Covid cases across the country rise by 177 as four deaths are reported

Four more Covid-19 deaths and 177 new cases of the virus have been recorded in Scotland in the last 24 hours, according to the latest statistics.

The daily figures on Saturday said 1.1% of tests for Covid-19 had come back positive.

There have been 7,651 deaths in total and 225,028 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic.

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Some 2,764,607 million people have received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine in Scotland and 993,180 have had their second dose, the Scottish Government said.

The figures came as UK Government statistics showed that more than half of the population of the UK has now had a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

Experts have said vaccines should be able to control the pandemic as they published new real-world UK data showing that jabs slash infection and are likely to cut transmission.

Just one dose of either the Pfizer/BioNTech or Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine leads to a two-thirds drop in cases and is 74% effective against symptomatic infection.

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