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Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in NHS Highland area now stands at 163

By Gregor White

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Thirteen more people have been diagnosed with coronavirus in the Highlands.
Thirteen more people have been diagnosed with coronavirus in the Highlands.

The latest figures take the total number of known cases of coronavirus in the Highlands to 163.

Some 155 people have tested positive across the whole of Scotland since yesterday, taking the national total to 6067.

And 575 people have died across the country since the outbreak began.

In the Highlands, the number of people being treated in hospital with suspected or confirmed Covid-19 increased from 53 to 62 though the number of people in intensive care decreased by two to six

A total of 211 people were in intensive care across Scotland overnight, down 10 on the night before.

Elsewhere in the north, NHS Grampian recorded another 22 positive tests, for an overall tally of 313. Its hospitals were also treating 89 people in hospital for the disease, with 12 receiving treatment in intensive care.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had earlier urged caution over reading too much into a fall in figures at this stage, though she said there were early signs measures taken to combat coronavirus were having an impact.

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