SCOTLAND has recorded 2363 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, the latest Government figures show.

Over the same time period, 25,123 new tests for Covid-19 reported results. This means Scotland 24-hour test positivity rate was 10.2%.

Elsewhere, Public Health Scotland (PHS) data shows the country's seven-day test positivity rate is 10.8%, more than double the 5% theshold the World Health Organisation says indicates that the virus is under control. 

The figures also show that Scotland recorded six further deaths of coronavirus patients in the last 24 hours.

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This brings the total number of deaths under this measure - of people who died within 28 days of first testing positive for the virus - to 7735.

Across Scotland yesterday there were 346 people in hospital with recently confirmed Covid-19. Of these, 32 were in intensive care.

In terms of the vaccine roll-out, 3,879,458 people have now received the first dose of the Covid jag. A total of 2,791,071 have also received their second dose.

PHS data also shows that Dundee remains the nation's Covid "hotspot", with a seven-day case rate of 914.1 per 100,000 of the population.

Fifteen of Scotland's local authority areas are currently in the highest category, with a seven-day case rate which exceeds 400. These areas include Glasgow City, Edinburgh City, and Aberdeen City.

Commenting on today's figures, the First Minister said it was "vital" that people continue to get their jags and follow other health guidance, such as social distancing and the wearing of face masks.

Nicola Sturgeon's message stands in contrast to Boris Johnson's in England, where face masks and all other rules in place to slow the spread of Covid-19 will be lifted in a matter of weeks.