Scotland has recorded a further 89 deaths from coronavirus, the Deputy First Minister has said.
At Thursday’s daily briefing, John Swinney said the total number of deaths after confirmed coronavirus in Scotland now stands at 5468.
There were 1636 new cases of Covid-19 reported, with 2004 people currently in hospital with the virus.
Of that number, 161 people were in intensive care, an increase of five from Wednesday.
He added that 168,219 people have now tested positive in Scotland, up from 166,583 the previous day.
The daily test positivity rate is 7%, down from 7.5% on the previous 24 hours.
The Deputy First Minister said that 334,871 people have now received their first coronavirus vaccination and added it is hoped all over 70s will be vaccinated by mid-February.
Swinney said the latest estimate showed the R number in Scotland – the average number of people infected by each person with Covid-19 – was now estimated to be “around 1” and had “probably fallen during the last week”.
This shows the current lockdown measures are “at the very least helping to stabilise case numbers”, the Deputy First Minister added.
He said the number of infections occurring remained “concerningly high”.
Swinney also said that three new walk-in testing centres were opening in Scotland this week.
One opened in Paisley on Tuesday, he said, with further sites opening in Dunfermline and Glenrothes later on Thursday.
He said that each of these new centres would be able to undertake up to 300 Covid-19 tests a day and take the total number of walk in centres to 28.
“They will help to increase the accessibility and effectiveness of testing,” Swinney added.
The Deputy First Minister stressed that while infection numbers remained high, the lockdown restrictions were “vital”.
Swinney said: “They are the single most important way in which we can reduce case numbers and ease some of the pressure on our health and social care services.”
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