Coronavirus update: Increase in hospital admissions
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The last 24 hours have seen 1196 new cases of Covid-19 recorded in Scotland, which is 16.9 per cent of those newly tested.
A total of 416 were in the NHS Greater Glasgow area, 309 in Lanarkshire, 161 in Lothian and 104 in Ayrshire and Arran, while nine new deaths were registered.
The NHS Grampian area recorded 34 cases and NHS Highland 14.
There are 58 people in intensive care with recently confirmed Covid-19, an increase of seven from yesterday, and 629 people in hospital, a rise of 28.
The new figures bring the number of deaths to 2594 and positive cases to 45,232.
At the Scottish Government's daily briefing First Minister Nicola Sturgeon particularly focused on schools.
She said: "Many schools will soon be returning from the October break, while others are just preparing to start the half-term, I wanted to take this opportunity to say a very big and heartfelt thank you to teachers, other school staff, pupils and parents across the country.
"I know that you have faced many challenges over the past few months. I also know that because of the restrictions the October break will not be all that you hoped it would be.
"But we must not lose sight of what you have achieved during this first half-term. It is down to your efforts and ability to adapt to extremely difficult circumstances that schools have been able to return.
"As a result the vast majority of pupils are now able to have the classroom and wider school experience that was lost back in the spring.
"And I don't think we should underestimate that. It is a real achievement that young people have been able to have that normal schooling experience for the last number of weeks that they lost out on for much of this year.
"That is something important and positive during this difficult period for all of us to mark and reflect on."
She added that she recognised the inevitable further challenges for schools going forward.
She also outlined that people should not be meeting up or travelling to watch Saturday's Celtic v Rangers match.