Coronavirus in Scotland: 1,949 new cases recorded today as 191,965 vaccinated across the country

Scotland has recorded 79 deaths of Covid-19 patients and 1,949 new cases in the past 24 hours, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

The latest daily coronavirus figures have been shared by the Scottish Government.

The death toll of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days is now 5,102.

The First Minister also announced that 191,965 people have been vaccinated so far.

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Speaking at the start of First Minister’s Questions at Holyrood, Ms Sturgeon said the daily test positivity rate is 10.2%, down from 12% on Tuesday, when 1,875 positive cases were recorded.

A total of 155,372 people have tested positive in Scotland since the start of the pandemic.

There are 1,794 people in hospital confirmed to have Covid-19, up 77 in 24 hours.

Of these patients, 134 are in intensive care, a rise of one in the same period.

Meanwhile, National Records of Scotland (NRS) statistics released on Wednesday indicate that coronavirus-linked deaths in Scotland have risen above 7,000.

A total of 7,074 people have died in Scotland with confirmed or suspected coronavirus as of Sunday, according to the figures.

They differ from the lab-confirmed coronavirus deaths announced daily by the Scottish Government because the NRS figures include suspected or probable cases of Covid-19.

According to the NRS figures, between January 4 and 10, 384 deaths were registered which mentioned Covid-19 on the death certificate, up 197 on the previous week.

Almost three-quarters (73%) of these deaths in the week to January 10 were people aged 75 and over, and 9% were aged under 65.

By local authority area, the highest number of deaths occurred in North Lanarkshire at 53, followed by Glasgow at 50 and Edinburgh at 34.

The majority of deaths – 251 – were in hospitals, 113 in care homes and 19 at home or in a non-institutional setting.

The statistics cover all deaths registered in Scotland where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

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