A FURTHER 31 coronavirus deaths have been recorded in Scotland over the last 24 hours, the First Minister has said.

Speaking from the Scottish Government’s Covid-19 briefing, Nicola Sturgeon said the total number of people to die after testing positive for coronavirus in the previous 28 days stands at 2997.

The First Minister confirmed there have been 1072 cases confirmed over the last 24 hours, accounting for 5.5% of all tests carried out.

Of the new cases 460 were in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 210 were in Lanarkshire, 112 were in Lothian and 75 were in Ayrshire and Arran. The remaining cases were spread across seven other health board areas.

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There were also 1237 people in hospital with coronavirus, a decrease of 15 on the previous day.

There were 98 people in intensive care, an increase of three.

Sturgeon also spoke about the new quarantine measures, explaining Germany, Sweden and Denmark have been removed from the exemption list.

From 4am tomorrow people coming to Scotland from Germany and Sweden must quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival.

Meanwhile people coming to Scotland from Denmark must quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival from 12.30pm this afternoon.

It comes as Denmark recorded coronavirus cases of a variant strain linked to mink farms.