ANOTHER eight people have died in Scotland after contracting Covid-19, national clinical director Jason Leitch has announced.

A further 400 cases were also recorded in the past 24 hours, with a positivity rate of 1.8%.

The deaths, among people who first tested positive within the previous 28 days, bring the total under that measurement to 7610.

Speaking at a coronavirus briefing, Leitch said the daily test positivity rate is down 0.3% in 24 hours.

There are 215 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus, down 22 in 24 hours.

Of those, 21 are in intensive care, no change on the previous day.

The latest figures come a day before the easing of some lockdown measures in Scotland.

From Friday, the stay at home rule is being dropped, with people instead told to "stay local". Travel outwith council areas remains prohibited.

No updated figures have been provided as yet for coronavirus vaccinations.