SCOTLAND has recorded more than 6000 positive Covid tests in the past 24 hours as the surge of new cases continues.

In the past day, Scotland recorded 6029 new cases of Covid-19, according to the latest Government figures.

This represents 14.9% of the 43,512 new tests for the disease that reported results over the same time period.

This is almost treble the 5% threshold which the World Health Organisation says indicates the virus is under control.

Elsewhere, Public Health Scotland data shows that the nation's seven-day test positivity rate is 13.2%, also exceeding this threshold.

However, the figures note that Scotland is continuing to see "a larger proportion of specimens reported that were processed more than 48 hours ago", meaning some of the cases recorded in the past 24 hours may have been processed outside that window.

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There have also been seven deaths of coronavirus patients in the past 24 hours. 

This brings the total under this measure - of people who died within 28 days of first testing positive - to 8118.

Across Scotland yesterday there were 585 people in hospital with recently confirmed Covid-19. Of these, 54 were in intensive care.

In terms of the vaccination effort, 4,106,408 people in Scotland have received the first jag. A total of 3,680,761 have also received their second dose.