A further 170 coronavirus cases confirmed as Scotland's death toll reaches 1,571

12 more people have died in the country from COVID-19.

A further 170 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Scotland as the death toll reaches 1,571.

12 more people have died in the last 24 hours, according to government officials.

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The recent figures show 60,295 have been tested in Scotland of which 12,097 have come back positive and 48,198 are negative.

12 more people have died in the last 24 hours, according to government officials.

The latest figures come after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced an expansion to coronavirus testing north of the border.

There will be expanded testing of care home staff and residents, with all over-65s who show symptoms of the virus also being tested.

She set a target for testing capacity to increase to 10,500 by the end of next week, including both Scottish NHS laboratories and the UK Government's testing network

She said on Friday: "This expansion of testing that I set out today is separate and distinct from our move to establish a test, trace, isolate system as part of our approach to changing and hopefully alleviating the lockdown measures."

The First Minister said she will say more on that strategy next week.

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