Coronavirus in Scotland: 43 further deaths registered and 1,316 new cases

Scotland has recorded 43 deaths of Covid-19 patients and 1,316 new cases of the virus in the past 24 hours, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

By Gary Flockhart
Tuesday, 22nd December 2020, 2:14 pm
Updated Tuesday, 22nd December 2020, 2:35 pm

Addressing the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday, the First Minister said the death toll under this measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – is now 4,326.

A total of 114,366 people have tested positive in Scotland, up from 113,050 the previous day.

There are 1,045 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus, a fall of 33 in 24 hours.

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The latest Covid-19 figures have been shared by the Scottish Government.

Of these patients, 60 are in intensive care, down by one.

Ms Sturgeon told MSPs that coronavirus was “still circulating in Scotland at a higher level than we would wish”.

She said that the levels system brought in in Scotland had “until now been effective”.

To back this up, the First Minister said: “In late October, Scotland was recording more than 160 new cases of Covid per hundred thousand people every week. Two weeks ago, it had fallen to around 100 and is now around 116 per 100,000.

“That level of incidence is significantly lower than in other parts of the UK – for example, it is around half that of England and around a fifth of the case incidence currently seen in Wales.”

She said: “After a sustained period of decline, our case numbers are now more volatile and have risen by around 15% in the last couple of weeks.

“The numbers of people with Covid who are in hospital and ICU have also risen slightly again after a period of quite marked decline.”

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