SCOTLAND has recorded 16,103 new cases of the coronavirus in the past 24 hours.

The figure represents 26.9% of the 69,327 new tests for Covid-19 that reported results in the same time period.

Nicola Sturgeon said that tomorrow’s figures "will almost certainly see us pass one million reported cases since the start of the pandemic".

It comes as five further deaths of coronavirus patients were recorded. This brings the total under this measure - of people who died within 28 days of testing positive - to 9872. 

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Across Scotland yesterday there were 1223 people in hospital with recently confirmed Covid-19. This is a sharp increase of 544 on the same time last week. There are currently 42 people in intensive care.

in terms of the vaccination effort, 4,385,227 people have received their first jag, while 4,026,878 people have also received their second dose.

A total of 3,016,198 have received a third dose or booster.

However, Public Health Scotland has cautioned that the vaccination data is incomplete "due to a technical processing issue since 4 Jan 2022 15:00". The issue is currently being investigated.