ANOTHER person has died in Scotland after testing positive for Covid-19, the First Minister has announced.

It brings the total number of deaths under that measurement to 2487.

An additional five positive cases were confirmed yesterday, taking the total to 18,264.

Some 785 patients are currently in hospital with the virus, either confirmed or suspected. That marks no change overall from yesterday, but it does include a reduction of seven in the number of confirmed cases.

Nine people were in intensive care last night with confirmed or suspected Covid-19, a decrease of eight.

The First Minister added that the number of people currently infectious and capable of transmitting the virus is estimated to have dropped to 1500. The R number is believed to be between 0.6 and 0.8.

Speaking at the Scottish Government’s coronavirus briefing, Sturgeon said: “I want once again to send my deepest condolences to everyone who has lost a loved one to this illness.

“And my thanks go as always to everyone working hard to help us through this crisis."

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