SCOTLAND has recorded more than 2000 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the highest single day rise in six months.

The last time Scotland recorded more Covid cases in a single day was during the peak of the second wave on January 8. Then, 2309 new cases were recorded.

Today, Scotland has seen 2167 further cases. 

While there was a backlog of cases due to be reported from NHS Grampian due to data flow issues there, these have now been resolved and account for just 15 of the cases recorded in today's figures. 

The 2167 cases reported in the last 24 hours represent 9.1% of the 25,038 new tests for Covid-19 that reported results over the same time period.

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This is nearing double the 5% threshold which the World Health Organisation says suggests the virus is under control.

Furthermore, four deaths of coronavirus patients have been recorded in Scotland in the past 24 hours.

This means that the total number of deaths in Scotland under this measure - of people who died within 28 days of first testing positive - is now 7696.

Across Scotland yesterday there were 171 in hospital with recently confirmed Covid-19. Of these, 18 people were in intensive case.

In terms of the vaccine roll-out, 3,664,571 people have received the first dose of the Covid vaccination. A total of 2,602,753 people have also received their second dose.