THE number of patients in hospital with Covid-19 has fallen in Scotland, latest figures have revealed.

The average number of patients in hospital with coronavirus was 1,461 in the week up to July 31, according to new statistics from Public Health Scotland (PHS).

That is a decrease of 12% from the previous week, where 1,660 patients had Covid-19.

And there were 16 fewer admissions to intensive care units (ICU) for patients with a confirmed coronavirus test, with 17 patients admitted in the week ending July 31.

Around one in 19 people – approximately 272,000 people – were estimated to have the virus in the week to July 20, according to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

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That is a marked fall from the previous figures which were recorded at an estimated one in 15.

And in the week ending July 24, 92 deaths involving the virus were recorded – an increase of eight from the previous week.