A FURTHER 13 people have died in Scotland after contracting coronavirus, the First Minister has announced.

Giving an update to MSPs, Nicola Sturgeon said 13 deaths were recorded in the past 24 hours among people who had first tested positive in the past 28 days.

It bring the toll under that measurement to 2585.

Another 1351 cases were also confirmed, representing 17.6% of newly tested individuals.

It means a total of 44,036 people have now tested positive for Covid-19 in Scotland.

Some 601 people were in hospital last night with confirmed coronavirus, 31 more than 24 hours previously.

Of those, 51 were in intensive care, a rise of 2.

Greater Glasgow and Clyde recorded an increase of 450 cases, Lanarkshire had 374, Lothian had 161, and Ayrshire and Arran had 111.

The remaining cases were split among all other mainland health boards.

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Addressing MSPs remotely, Sturgeon said: "Once again I want to send my deepest condolences to everyone who has lost a loved one to this illness.

"These figures confirm the trends of recent weeks – we are seeing high numbers of new cases, leading to increasing hospital and ICU admissions and, sadly, a rising number of deaths.

"Even in the 9 days since I set out the new restrictions on hospitality, the average daily number of new cases in Scotland has risen from 788 to 1178.

"The number of people in hospital with Covid has increased from 262 to 601. And the number of people in intensive care has gone up from 25 to 51. For all that, it is still the case that we are in a stronger position than in March."