Covid in Scotland: Four new coronavirus deaths as daily cases surge

Covid-19 cases in Scotland have surged, newly released figures show, as the Scottish Government confirmed a further four deaths from the virus.

In the last 24 hours, 835 people tested positive for coronavirus - up from 677 yesterday.

Despite the increase, the data indicates the daily test positivity rate has not risen, sitting at 2.8 per cent.

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In recent days, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has suggested that case numbers alone may no longer be a good barometer of what course the pandemic is taking, since the UK’s vaccination programme appears to be helping to break the link between infections and hospitalisations and deaths.

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Today’s figures show the death toll of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days is now 7,674 - an increase of four.

A total of 110 people were in hospital yesterday with recently confirmed Covid-19, down four from the day before, with eight patients in intensive care, down two.

So far, 3,305,812 people have received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccination and 2,137,618 have received their second dose.

In recent days, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has suggested that case numbers alone may no longer be a good barometer of what course the pandemic is taking.

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