Covid-19 case numbers cause increasing concern
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An additional 154 positive cases of Covid-19 were confirmed yesterday in Scotland a slight decrease from the 160 the previous day.
But concerns have been growing over the escalation of the number of cases from within the NHS Greater Glasgow area over the past week.
With NHS Grampian recording just two cases in the last 24 hours and daily number of between two and six in the past seven days, Great Glasgow recorded 66 cases yesterday and 69 the previous day.
Speaking at her daily briefing, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: "I would draw attention to the fact that 66 of today’s cases are in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, and the situation there is causing us some concern.
"Further analysis is underway, and I will be chairing a meeting of the Resilience Committee to consider what action may be necessary to prevent further spread.
"A total of 264 patients are currently in hospital with Covid, that is six more than yesterday and six people are in intensive care, which is one more than yesterday.
"In the past 24 hours, though, no deaths were registered of patients who had tested positive for Covid.
"The number of deaths under that measurement remains 2494.
"These statistics remind us that the times we are living through are far from normal.
"The pandemic continues to have a profound impact on our health and wellbeing, on business and the economy - indeed, on our whole way of life.
"That is true here in Scotland, and across the globe."