ANOTHER 51 people have died in Scotland after contracting Covid-19, Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

The deaths, recorded in the past 24 hours among those who have tested positive in the previous 28 days, bring the total under that measurement to 3639.

A further 1225 cases were also confirmed as the First Minister gave an update to the Scottish Parliament.

The positivity rate was 4.7%, down from 6.8% yesterday.

There are 1125 people in hospital with recently confirmed coronavirus, 31 fewer than yesterday.

Of those, 90 are in intensive care, an increase of six.

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Sturgeon, who offered her condolences to all those who have lost loved ones during the pandemic, also gave an update on the R number.

The number – which measures how many people an infected person will infect, on average – is believed to be unchanged at just below one.

The First Minister said this shows the current restrictions are having a positive effect, but that Scots can’t get complacent.