There have been no coronavirus deaths in Scotland for a third day running.
Official figures released on Sunday show no fatalities occurred in the previous 24 hours among people who have tested positive for the virus.
It means the number of Covid-19 deaths under this measure remains at 2482.
On Friday, Nicola Sturgeon said the fact no deaths were recorded on a weekday was significant, as registration figures tend to be artificially low at weekends.
But Sunday’s figures also show eight new confirmed cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of positive tests to 18,236.
Of those who have tested positive, 4050 have been discharged from hospital since March 5.
A total of 460 people are currently in Scottish hospitals with Covid-19, five of whom are in intensive care as well as eight in intensive care with suspected coronavirus.
The First Minister tweeted her response to the figures on Sunday afternoon, saying it was vital that people continued to follow the rules as the figures improved.
She said: “Three days in a row with no registered Covid deaths in Scotland. The sense of relief that I – & I’m sure all of us – feel as these numbers fall is enormous.
“But it’s coupled with an anxiety that we do all we can to keep Covid under control. So please follow the rules and #StaySafe.”
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