SCOTLAND has recorded 735 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the latest Government statistics show.

This is a fall of around 300 on yesterday, which saw more than 1000 cases recorded in a single day for the first time in four months. 

Today's figure represents 2.8% of the 28,379 new tests for Covid-19 that reported results, markedly lower than the 5% World Health Organisation theshold that suggests the virus is under control.

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However, Scotland has also recorded one further death of a coronavirus patient.

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This means that the total number of deaths in the country under this measurement - of people who died having tested positive in the 28 days prior - is now 7679.

Across Scotland yesterday there were 124 in hospital being treated for recently confirmed Covid-19. Of these, 14 were in intensive care.

In terms of the nation's vaccine roll-out, a total of 3,441,217 people have now received the first dose of the Covid vaccination.

The Govenrment figures show that 2,345,181 people in Scotland have received also their second dose of the jag. 

Elsewhere, the data shows that Dundee City has overtaken Clackmannanshire as the country's Covid "hotspot".

The city has a seven-day case rate per 100,000 of the population of 247.1, while Clackmannanshire is on 228.9.

South Ayrshire has also crossed the 200 theshold, with a seven-day rate of 200.7 per 100,000 of the population.