Scotland registers 2999 new Covid cases in record high

Scotland has recorded five deaths of coronavirus patients and 2999 new cases in the past 24 hours.

Scotland has recorded the highest number of daily cases for a second day since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, figures have shown.

On Thursday, the Scottish Government said Scotland had recorded five deaths of coronavirus patients and 2999 new cases in the past 24 hours.

On Wednesday the number of new cases rose to 2989, with the previous record standing at 2649 on January 7, 2021.

It means the death toll under this daily measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – now stands at 7706.

The daily test positivity rate was 7.7%, up from 7.3% the previous day, according to figures published by the Scottish Government on Thursday.

There were 177 people in hospital on Wednesday with recently confirmed Covid-19 – up six in 24 hours – and 17 people in intensive care, down one.

So far 3,695,303 people have received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccination and 2,631,533 have received their second dose.