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Coronavirus update: Positive test reporting set to change to include LFD and PCR results

By David Porter

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In Scotland in the last 24 hours there have been a total of 7606 positive cases of coronavirus which equates to 19.1 per cent of those tested.

Amongst these newly reported cases NHS Glasgow recorded 1790 cases and NHS Lothian 1308 cases.

NHS Grampian saw 690 cases while NHS Highland recorded 350.

Public Health Scotland stopped the publication of daily totals of Omicron variants and break down by NHS Board on January 4.

In the seven days to January 8, Aberdeenshire saw 3049 cases (1169.9 per 100,000), Aberdeen City 3208 (1400.5 per 100,000) and Moray 1401 (1463.8 per 100,000).

21 new deaths were recorded in Scotland with Covid-19 in the last 24 hours.

To date in Scotland more than 4,394,756 people have received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccination and over 4,054,752 people have received their second dose.

A further 3,145,537 have received a third dose or booster.

On January 5 the Scottish Government announced that people who do not have symptoms will no longer be asked to take a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to confirm a positive Lateral Flow Device (LFD) result.

Instead, anyone with a positive LFD, who does not have symptoms, should report the result online as soon as the test is done.

In order to ensure accurate information, changes have been made to the national Covid-19 case definition to reflect this revised testing strategy which at present only reports on PCR tests.

From Thursday, Public Health Scotland reporting will begin with figures of the number of people with a Covid-19 infection confirmed by either a first LFD or PCR positive test.

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