Scotland records 34 Covid deaths and 3055 new cases in 24 hours

Official figures show that there were 988 people in hospital as of Tuesday.

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Scotland has recorded 34 deaths and 3055 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours.

As of Tuesday, there were 988 people in hospital, with 68 patients in intensive care.

Of the 46,892 new tests for Covid-19 that reported results, 6.9% of those were positive.

Just over 4.2 million people have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, whilst around 3.8 million have received their second dose.

In a statement at Holyrood on Tuesday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon outlined the Scottish Government’s view that there is no need to introduce any tighter restrictions, with cases continuing to fall.

She told MSPs: “This weekly update coincides with the latest three-week review point for the remaining Covid regulations.

“And so I can confirm that at our Cabinet meeting earlier today, we agreed to continue in force, with no immediate change, the current regulations.

“That decision reflects, firstly, that the number of cases is continuing to fall and so our judgment is that there is no need to introduce any tighter restrictions.

“But, secondly, that the level of infection, though falling, remains relatively high and so we consider that it is prudent at this stage, as we approach winter, to keep in place the remaining mitigations, face coverings for example, for a further period.”

The First Minister outlined the fall in cases recorded since the start of last month.

She said: “Cases are now more than 60% lower than they were at the peak of this latest wave of infection back in early September.

“Although there are daily fluctuations, the trend in test positivity is also downwards – from a peak of more than 13% in late August to just over 8% now.”

“Significantly and positively, the fall in cases continues to be apparent across all age groups. The most significant decline this week, once again, has been amongst 15 to 24 year olds.

“Cases in that age group have fallen by almost 40% in the last 7 days – and by more than 80% in the last 5 weeks.”

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