Coronavirus in Scotland: 1,877 new cases of Covid-19 reported

A total of 1,877 new cases and 3 new deaths of coronavirus have been recorded in the past 24 hours, the latest Scottish Government figures reveal.

Latest coronavirus figures revealed today (Pic: Lisa Ferguson).
Latest coronavirus figures revealed today (Pic: Lisa Ferguson).

This takes the total number of positive cases of coronavirus up to 149,766 in Scotland.

The new cases published by the Scottish Government this afternoon represent a 10.0% positivity rate out of those tested for the virus.

In the past 24 hours, 123 people are in intensive care and 1,598 people are in hospital with recently confirmed covid.

Sadly, 3 new deaths have been recorded and since the start of the outbreak, 4,968 people have died who have tested positive as at 8 January.

From the start of the outbreak until January 10, a total of 1,446,645 people in Scotland have been tested at least once.

Of these people, 149,766 have tested positive an 1,296,879 were confirmed negative.

The latest figures come as Professor Devi Sridhar, chair of public health at Edinburgh University, told Times Radio that lockdown in Scotland should continue for another 12 weeks.

Speaking earlier, Prof Sridhar said: "With the numbers we're at, there's no other choice.

"For me, it's a three-phase strategy – first is right now, it's crude, it's catastrophic for the economy and for people's mental health, but a lockdown.

"Get those numbers down, protect the NHS for the next 12 weeks."

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