A FURTHER 67 coronavirus deaths have been registered in Scotland over the last 24 hours, the Health Secretary has confirmed.

Speaking at the Scottish Government Covid-19 briefing alongside national clinical director Jason Leitch this afternoon, Jeane Freeman said the total number of deaths under the official measurement is now 6666.

The Scottish Government reports all deaths where a patient dies within 28 days of testing positive for the virus.

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There were also 830 new coronavirus cases recorded, accounting for 5.2% of the total number of tests carried out.

Of those there were 257 cases in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 133 in Lanarkshire, 119 in Ayrshire and Arran and 100 in Lothian. The remaining cases were spread across nine other health board areas.

There were 1472 people in hospital with Covid, 27 fewer than the previous day, and 115 of those people were in intensive care – an increase of six.

Freeman also discussed the vaccine roll-out, with some positive news. As of 8.30am today 1,113,628 people have received their first dose, an increase of 64,881.

That figure represents the highest daily increase since the beginning of the vaccine roll-out.

Due to a technical issue the Health Secretary said she could not give a detailed breakdown of the vaccines delivered yesterday, but added these would be published at 2pm on the Scottish Government website.

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