A total of 18 new cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant have been recorded in Scotland in the past 24 hours, taking the overall number to 48.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde had the largest rise, with 12 more cases, taking its total to 23.
NHS Lanarkshire recorded four new cases in 24 hours and has 13 overall.
One more case was confirmed in the Forth Valley health board area, taking the total to six.
A case of the new variant was recorded in NHS Lothian for the first time. Case numbers in NHS Highland and NHS Grampian remain at three and two respectively.
Scotland has also recorded one coronavirus-linked death and 2067 new cases in the past 24 hours, according to the latest data.
The Scottish Government said Public Health Scotland is aware of an “ongoing processing issue with UK Government lab tests which may impact on cases and tests” in the daily figures and investigations are under way to resolve the problem.
The death toll under the daily measure, of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days, is 9649, but the Scottish Government said registry office are generally closed at the weekend which can impact figures.
The daily test positivity rate was 9.6%, up from 7.6% the previous day.
There were 586 people in hospital with recently confirmed Covid-19 as of Saturday night and, of these, 45 were in intensive care.
So far, 4,352,104 people have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccination, 3,958,162 have had a second, and 1,859,735 have been given a third dose or booster.
A climber who injured his leg during an avalanche in the Scottish Highlands was rescued as mountain teams faced heavy blizzard conditions.
In dramatic footage posted by Cairngorm MRT, rescuers can be seen battling the elements to assist the man.
The climbers were able to self-rescue down to the floor of Coire an t-Sneachda where they were met by rescuers and stretchered back to the ski area.
The footage was captured on Saturday, with multiple reports of avalanches.
In a Facebook post, Cairngorm MRT wrote: “MRT just back from a call out for an male with a lower leg injury sustained during an avalanche. The climbers were able to self rescue down to the coire floor, where they were met by team members and stretchered back to the Cairngorm ski area.
“There were multiple reports of avalanches in Coire an t-Sneachda this afternoon.
“Many thanks to Cairngorm Mountain for their assistance duringWe rely on public donations to fund the work that we do, if you would like to contribute, you can also go to our website – https://cmrt.org.uk
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Around 12.50pm on Saturday, December 4, we received a report of two people falling in an avalanche at Coire A S-Sneachda.
“Officers and the Cairngorms Mountain Rescue Team were dispatched, and the man and woman were later traced at a nearby rescue post.”
“The man was stretchered off the hill and transported to Raigmore Hospital for treatment to a leg injury.”
Man arrested over driving offences following pensioner’s death
Police say a man was arrested and then released pending further enquiries after the death of Douglas Forbes.
A man has been arrested in relation to driving offences following the death of a pensioner in Edinburgh.
Police Scotland said a 69-year-old man was arrested ater Douglas Forbes, 78, was found fatally injured at Academy Park in the Leith area of the city at around 8.50pm on Thursday night.
The man under arrest has since been released and enquiries are ongoing.
Forbes was pronounced dead at the scene on Thursday.
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Following the death of 78-year-old Douglas Forbes, at Academy Park in Edinburgh, on Thursday 2 December, we can confirm a 69-year old man has been arrested in relation to driving offences.
“He’s been released pending further enquiries and the investigation continues.”
Anyone with information can contact 101, quoting incident number 3329 of 2 December 2021.
It comes after more than 100 military personnel were deployed to assist those without power.
Mark Rough, SSEN’s director of operations, said that field staff are working to reconnect the final homes “as quickly and safely as possible”.
“The weather conditions have been really challenging for our teams today, but we are continuing to work throughout Saturday night to safely connect the final few homes,” he said.
“Our localised network has sustained significant damage and through a combination of repairs and mobile generation we will continue to work until all power is restored.
“We have over 700 field staff working with support from other network operators and contractors from across Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, and everyone is making a real effort to reconnect the final homes as quickly and safely as possible.”
“I’d like to thank customers for their continued patience and apologise for the disruption caused.
“We continue to work closely with local authorities and local resilience partnerships in Aberdeenshire to support welfare checks to those who remain off supply.”
‘When they dig it up, hopefully Covid will be gone’
Time capsule buried to mark a major milestone in the development of Scotland's largest offshore windfarm.
Face masks, hand sanitiser and fidget spinners were among the items loaded into a time capsule and buried to mark Scotland’s largest offshore windfarm.
Various mementos, including newspapers, magazines and toys, will remain under the Seagreen windfarm maintenance hub at Montrose Port for a generation.
It’s hoped that when the time capsule is dug up at the end of the windfarm’s 25-year lifespan, memories of Covid will be dim and distant, and that the turbines will have generated a greener society.
Construction of the giant £3bn windfarm is well underway off the Angus coast and will feature 114 turbines generating enough energy to power two-thirds of Scotland’s homes.
Steven Reid, Seagreen onshore project manager, said: “This is an extremely big milestone of the project to set up our operation and maintenance facility.
“It is going to be key to maintaining and operating the 114 turbines that we’re putting out in the water.
“This base will have up to 120 people in full-time roles once we have all the turbines in place and switched on.”
A piper-led special ceremony also saw the onshore base officially named, thanks to nine-year-old local schoolgirl Lily Hill, whose suggestion of ‘Windy Waves House’ was chosen from a number of competition entries.
“We’ve been learning about plastic pollution at school and green energy, and how the wind will be used to make electricity,” Lily said.
“It’s so exciting to have won the competition, I can’t believe it and didn’t expect it at all.”
Fellow pupil Olivia Coull, who put some modern-day essentials into the time capsule, hopes the items won’t be needed when they’re dug up.
“We picked masks and sanitisers because of Covid and hopefully in 25 years it won’t be a big thing anymore,” she said.
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