SCOTLAND has recorded 28 coronavirus-linked deaths in the past 24 hours, according to latest data.

It means the number of people who have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 has risen to 11,075.

Scottish Government data on Thursday showed that 9721 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported, but the figures cover less than a 24-hour period due to a technical issue which means that data has not been received since 2pm on Wednesday.

There were 2038 people in hospital on Wednesday with recently confirmed Covid-19, up 39 on the previous day, with 31 in intensive care, down one.

That puts Wednesday's hospital figures as the second-highest on record after 2053 people were recorded in hospital on January 22, 2021.

Authorities said that due to technical issues, Public Health Scotland has not been able to provide vaccination data on Thursday.