Coronavirus in Scotland: No new deaths for third day in a row, latest figures in Scotland reveal

Scotland has recorded no deaths of coronavirus patients for the third consecutive day, the latest Scottish Government statistics reveal.

Edinburgh University student Covid 19 testing (Photo: Lisa Ferguson). The University of Edinburgh is operating the largest Student Covid-19 testing site in Scotland, with the ability to process more than 3,600 tests per day. It is providing tests for students across four higher education institutions - Edinburgh Napier University, Queen Margaret University and SRUC. In total, 250 staff per day are required to operate the site, with an overall headcount of 490, drawn from the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Napier University. As part of the staff, student nurses from Edinburgh Napier are helping students to take the tests and lab-experienced University of Edinburgh PhD students are processing the tests. On average, around 1,500 students have booked to be tested every day, but there is capacity for more students to book before heading home for Christmas.

There were 352 positive tests in the past 24 hours, according to the latest data.

No news deaths have been recorded for the third time in a row, however, Register Offices are now generally closed at the weekend, the Scottish Government noted in the publication of their figures.

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The death toll under the daily data measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – remains at 7,584.

The daily test positivity rate was 3.2%, up from 2.6% on Sunday.

A total of 217,479 people have tested positive for the virus in Scotland.

There are 259 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus, down five in 24 hours, and 22 patients are in intensive care, no change.

A total of 2,409,826 people have received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine and 326,263 have received their second dose.

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