Coronavirus in Scotland: Nicola Sturgeon confirms a further 71 Covid-19 deaths in 24 hours

Scotland has recorded 71 deaths from coronavirus and 1,480 positive tests in the past 24 hours, Nicola Sturgeon said.

It brings the death toll under this measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – to 5,628.

Speaking during the Scottish Government’s daily briefing, Ms Sturgeon said 169,699 people have now tested positive in Scotland, up from 168,219 the previous day.

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The daily test positivity rate is 6.9 per cent, down from 7 per cent on the previous 24 hours.

Of the new cases, 427 are in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 273 in Lanarkshire, and 166 in Lothian.

There are 2,053 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus, up 49 in 24 hours, and 161 patients are in intensive care, no change.

Ms Sturgeon added that 358,454 people have received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

She urged Scots to follow the coronavirus rules, adding that it was making a positive difference.

Scotland has recorded 71 deaths from coronavirus and 1,480 positive tests in the past 24 hours, Nicola Sturgeon said. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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