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Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in NHS Highland area jumps by 16 in past 24 hours – the biggest daily rise in more than four months

By Philip Murray

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THE NHS Highland health board area has recorded its biggest single day increase in Covid-19 cases since mid-June.

Some 26 new positive tests were reported in the past 24 hours, taking the region's cumulative number of cases to 947.

The last time the figure rose by more than that in a single day was on June 15, when people checked through the UK government's testing programme were included in the figures for the first time. On that occasion the daily figure rose by 32.

Nationally, there were 1712 new positive tests for Covid-19 in the past day.

Fifty-five further people have been admitted to hospital for treatment for the virus – taking the overall total to 928.

Of those 928, some 74 were in intensive care – up one from the previous day.

And sadly a further 17 people who tested positive have since died.

Elsewhere in the north of Scotland, NHS Eileanan Siar reported no new cases, but NHS Shetland and NHS Orkney each detected one fresh infection apiece to take their cumulative tallies to 65 and 29.

NHS Grampian reported 31 fresh positive tests, to take its running total to 3086.

And NHS Tayside's recent increase in infections continued, after it reported 104 new cases in the past 24 hours – for a cumulative tally of 3528.

Scotland as a whole has had 52,615 positive tests since the pandemic began.

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