Coronavirus: 31 deaths and more than 1000 new cases

The latest figures were confirmed by the First Minister at the briefing.

A further 31 people with coronavirus have died in Scotland, as more than 1000 new cases were recorded.

The death toll under the measure of people who first tested positive within the previous 28 days now stands at 2997.

The latest daily figures, which saw 1072 new cases confirmed, were revealed by the First Minister at the briefing on Friday.

Nicola Sturgeon said: “We mustn’t ever see these deaths simply as statistics.

“Every single one represents an individual human being whose loss is a source of grief and, therefore, let me again send my condolences to everyone who is bereaved.”

The daily test positivity rate is 5.5%, down from 7.6% on Thursday.

Of the new cases of the virus, 460 were in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 210 in Lanarkshire, 112 in Lothian and 75 in Ayrshire and Arran.

The remaining cases were spread across seven other health board areas.

There were 1237 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus – 98 of whom were receiving treatment in intensive care.

More than 70,000 people have now tested positive for coronavirus in Scotland during the course of the pandemic.

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