The number of patients with Covid in Scotland’s hospitals has reached a record high for the second day in a row.
Figures published by the Scottish Government show there are 2221 people in hospital with the virus, 29 of whom were in intensive care.
On Monday, the number of people in hospital with coronavirus reached an all-time high surpassing the previous peak of 2053 on January 22, 2021.
The Scottish Government said hospitals continue to face capacity issues as a result of staff absence and reduced beds due to infection controls.
It comes as increasing numbers of infections has put pressure on emergency departments.
More than 8000 people failed to be seen at A&E within the Scottish Government’s target time – the highest number ever recorded – according to statistics published by Public Health Scotland.
The number of people waiting more than four, eight and 12 hours at emergency departments broke the record on the week ending March 13, official figures show.
A further 37 people have died having tested positive for coronavirus.