A POSSIBLE cluster of coronavirus cases has been identified in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area, according to the First Minister.

Speaking at the Scottish Government’s daily briefing, Nicola Sturgeon said that 14 of Scotland’s 22 new cases had been found in the area in the last 24 hours.

She described the group of cases as a “possible cluster” which is now under investigation by an incident management team.

Sturgeon told the briefing: "I have been advised a possible cluster of cases is currently under investigation by Greater Glasgow and Clyde."

She said the incident management team dealing with this would meet later today, but she stressed all new cases of Covid-19 are "thoroughly investigated".

The First Minister was asked for more details on where the cluster had been found but said while contact tracing was ongoing she would not be able to provide that information.

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The news came as 22 new Covid-19 cases were identified in Scotland over the last 24 hours. Sturgeon added there had been no new deaths either, for a 13th consecutive day.

But according to the National Records of Scotland, eight deaths relating to Covid-19 were registered between July 20 and July 26, an increase of two on the previous week.

The data published by NRS showed the number of people to die with confirmed or suspected coronavirus is now 4201.

These figures differ from the lab-confirmed coronavirus deaths announced daily by the Scottish Government because they include suspected or probable cases of Covid-19.