Covid Scotland: Highest number of cases recorded since pandemic began

Scotland has broken yet another grim record for the number of new positive cases in 24 hours, with 6,835 people being told they had coronavirus, although Nicola Sturgeon denied a “circuit breaker” lockdown was being considered by the government to try and reduce the rising case numbers.

The latest statistics for the 24 hours to Friday also showed the death toll of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days now stands at 9,103, after a further four people died.

The number of deaths now stands at 167 per 100,000 Scots.

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National clinical director, Professor Jason Leitch, admitted that as no country had yet found a definitive way to end the spread of the virus, Scotland could be trapped in a cycle of outbreaks and restrictions indefinitely.