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Covid-19 coronavirus cases in the NHS Highland area rise by 25

By Gregor White

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There has been another double digit rise in Covid-19 cases within the NHS Highland area.

Over the past 24 hours the number of people who have tested positive for the virus has risen by 25.

That was down from yesterday when the increase was 42, with 39 new cases the day before that.

On Tuesday of this week the rise was just eight, but NHS Highland warned at the start of this week of a rapid increase in positive cases in the Argyll and Bute area, which falls under its jurisdiction.

The region’s cumulative number of confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic has now risen to 5563.

There were 950 new positive tests for Covid-19 across Scotland since the last update – representing 3.5 per cent of those tests conducted during the past 24 hours.

Some 128 people were receiving treatment for the virus in Scotland’s hospitals last night.

And there were 12 people in intensive care.

Sadly two further deaths were reported among people who tested positive for the virus in the previous 28 days.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the north of Scotland, one additional case has been reported in NHS Shetland, taking its total since the pandemic began to 241.

There was also one more case notified in NHS Orkney, for a total of 77, but no new cases in NHS Eileanan Siar.

NHS Grampian’s tally climbed by 65, to 16,114.

And, in NHS Tayside, there were another 89 new positive tests – for a running total of 17,173.

There have now been 251,911 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Scotland since the global pandemic started last year.

A total of 3,591,638 Scots have now had their first vaccination injection, while 2,535,803 have received their second jag.

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