THE latest Scottish Government figures have recorded seven new deaths due to coronavirus in the past 24 hours.

The figures published on Sunday show the number of fatalities - when a positive test has been returned in the preceding 28 days - has increased to 3503.

There were also 844 new cases recorded with the test positivity dropping from 5.9% to 5.4%. The total number of positive tests is now 88,361.

The highest increase in cases per area was in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board that had an increase of 309 daily cases. Lanarkshire recorded 181 and Lothian had 119.

The number of people in hospital with the virus has fallen by 23 to 1170, while those in intensive care is 95, a fall of five.

The new figures come as a row over care home admission has been reignited.

In answer to a parliamentary question from Labour health spokeswoman Monica Lennon, Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said patients being discharged from hospital may not need to have two negative tests, as has been Scottish Government policy since April, if clinicians believe it is in their interest to be moved.

Speaking to the BBC on Sunday, Freeman said it is “right and proper” that medical staff are able to make those decisions.

She added: “It is not right – and I don’t believe your viewers would expect me, as a non-medical, non-clinical politician – to be intervening in that decision.”