More than 600 deaths linked to Covid in past ten days

First Minister announced 88 more deaths in her daily update on Wednesday.

There have been more than 600 deaths linked to coronavirus in Scotland over the last ten days.

Figures released by the National Records of Scotland on Wednesday show that 440 people had Covid-19 on their death certificate between January 25-31.

Since then, the First Minister has announced 163 more deaths in her daily updates – bringing the overall total to 603.

The NRS figures include people who died in community settings and where coronavirus was listed as a contributing factor, even if it was not confirmed by a test.

The overall death toll linked to Covid-19 in Scotland now exceeds 8500.

Speaking at the Scottish Government coronavirus briefing, the First Minister said the daily test positivity rate is 5.1%, down from 7.4% on Wednesday when 758 new cases were recorded.

There are 1871 people in hospital confirmed to have Covid-19, down 63 in 24 hours. Of these, the number of patients in intensive care was 128, down 12.

She said a 649,262 people have been given a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, up 38,484 from the previous day.

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