Scotland records highest daily rate of new Covid-19 cases

Almost 3000 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the past 24 hours, figures have shown.

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Scotland has recorded the highest number of daily cases since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, figures released by the Scottish Government have shown.

On Wednesday, it was revealed five people have died and 2989 new cases have been reported overnight.

The previous record was 2649 new cases on January 7, 2021.

It brings the death toll under this daily measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – to 7701.

The daily test positivity rate was 7.3%, down from 9.1% the previous day, according to figures published by the Scottish Government on Wednesday.

There were 171 people in hospital on Tuesday with recently confirmed Covid-19 – down one in 24 hours – and 18 people in intensive care.

So far 3,681,620 people have received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccination and 2,617,450 have received their second dose.