ANOTHER 56 people have died in Scotland after contracting Covid-19.

A further 655 people have also tested positive in the past 24 hours, with a positivity rate of 4.8%.

The deaths, recorded among patients who had tested positive in the previous 28 days, bring the total under that measurement to 7006.

Some 1076 people were in hospital yesterday with recently confirmed coronavirus, a decrease of 65 in 24 hours.

Of those, 93 were in intensive care, a decrease of six.

A total of 1,465,241 people have received the first dose of a Covid vaccine – up by 19,753 in 24 hours.

Some 43,203 people have received their second dose.