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Coronavirus latest: Scotland sees 806 positive cases with large increase in NHS Grampian area


By David Porter

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In the last 24 hours 806 positive cases of coronavirus were recorded in Scotland equating to11.5 per cent of those tested.

The highest number was seen in the NHS Greater Glasgow area with 302 cases, 180 in Lanarkshire, 91 in Lothian and 54 in Grampian, with a large proportion in relation to university outbreaks.

Speaking at her daily briefing, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: "There is an important context to these figures today.

"As you have heard me say before, results from each days are actual samples carried out over 24 period.

"Yesterday saw lower figures than expected due to the effect of the weekend testing levels and today we see numbers that we would have expected to see yesterday.

"We continue to work to improve turn around times nationally.

"While certainly seeing a rise, we are doing much more testing and test and protect is able to follow up people.

"When we know that transmission is rising it is important to know where positive cases are to break chains of transmission."

She stressed: "The age range of the cases are quite significant, the majority are in the under 40 age range and the bulk of those in under 25 which is affected by university clusters.

"The fact that many cases are in younger age groups musn't give rise to complacency.

"Young people can become seriously unwell and the long lasting effects remain.

"While cases in younger age groups, it is the case that transmission in older age groups is rising.

"Around a third are in over 40 age group and a number in the over 60 age group."

She said: "All of us must play out part and self isolate when asked to."



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