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Latest update: Massive rise in NHS Tayside cases as NHS Grampian figures continue to fall

By David Porter

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In the last 24 hours in Scotland there were 123 new confirmed cases of Covid-19.

By area, NHS Grampian recorded eight new cases, NHS Greater Glasgow 11, NHS Lanarkshire, eight and NHS Highland, three.

The largest rise was recorded in NHS Tayside, with 78 cases in the last 24 hours.

For the previous seven days, Tayside had recorded, 31, 27, 12, 16, three, eight and four cases respectively.

Only Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isle recorded no cases

NHS Grampain have confirmed the number of detected cases of Covid-19, associated with the Aberdeen city cluster is now 254.

This increase of 18 represents previously detected cases which, following detailed investigation, have an identifiable link to the hospitality trade in Aberdeen.

The number of close contacts identified is now 1281.

In the instance of the eight new cases that have been detected in Grampian, investigations into the particular circumstances of these cases are ongoing; it is possible they may be included in the Aberdeen cluster following these investigations.

With the Tayside cluster related to the 2 Sisters food plant, by Friday afternoon 844 staff had been tested through the Mobile Testing Unit on site at the factory, which will remain there until Monday

Additional Mobile Testing Units were set up at Blackness Fire Station in Dundee and Broxden Park and Ride in Perth.

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