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Coronavirus update: First Minister confirms current restrictions to remain in place

By Kirsty Brown

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There were 1351 cases of coronavirus recorded in Scotland in the past 24 hours, equating to 17.6 percent of those tested.

The total number of cases is now 44,036.

Of the newly recorded cases, 450 were in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 374 in Lanarkshire, 161 in Lothian and 111 in Ayrshire and Arran.

In the NHS Grampian area there were 39 cases and 14 in NHS Highland.

There are currently 601 people in hospital, an increase of 31, with 51 people in intensive care, and increase of two.

Unfortunately there have been a further 13 deaths in the past 24 hours of patients who tested positive for Covid-19 over the previous 28 days, bringing the total number of deaths to 2585.

Speaking at the daily briefing the First Minister said: "These figures confirm the trends of recent weeks – we are seeing high numbers of new cases, leading to increasing hospital and ICU admissions and, sadly, to a rising number of deaths.

"Even in the nine days since I set out the new restrictions on hospitality, the average daily number of new cases in Scotland has risen from 788 to 1178.

"However, for all that, it remains the case that we are in a stronger position than in March.

"Infection levels are still lower; cases are still rising less quickly; and of course Test and Protect is taking a lot of the strain of controlling the virus.

"And, although we are not yet seeing the impact of this in our statistics, we acted quickly to introduce restrictions on household gatherings three weeks ago and on hospitality last week.

"But the fact remains for us as for countries across the world this is a critical moment and our position is precarious.

"That demands tough decisions from government - even if those decisions are understandably unwelcome - and it also demands a willingness on the part of each and every one of us to behave in ways that will hinder the virus rather than help it spread."

She also confirmed that all existing restrictions were to remain in place for the time being.

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