Coronavirus in Scotland: No Covid-19 deaths for ninth day in a row
A further 27 people in Scotland have tested positive for coronavirus but the country has now recorded no deaths for nine days in a row.
Latest Scottish government figures bring the total number of confirmed cases to 18,547.
They also showed that 270 people with a confirmed case of the disease are currently in hospital, two of them in intensive care.
The total number of deaths of people who have tested positive remains 2,491.
On Wednesday, the weekly National Record of Scotland report said the virus had been registered as a confirmed or suspected cause on 4,193 death certificates.
The last time that 27 new positive were reported was 19 June 2020.
Since then, the number of positive cases has fluctuated between two (on 7 July) and 27, with eight days between 19 June and 25 July reporting 20 or more new positive cases.
Scotland's national clinical director said the fresh cases were spread across the country.
Nine were recorded by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde while eight were detected by NHS Lanarkshire.
Prof Jason Leitch told BBC Scotland: "Our test and protect system will be engaged immediately in looking at each of these cases.
"We are seeing a pattern now as care home routine testing happens at the tail end of the week so, 15,000 tests yesterday and 27 positives.
"So, still a very, very low percentage but we are not complacent, we take every positive seriously and test and protect will be investigating every single one."
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is due to provide an update on lockdown easing in the Scottish Parliament on Thursday.
But Prof Leitch said it was unlikely that any major changes would be announced.
He told BBC Radio Scotland's Off The Ball: "We don't think we will be moving into phase four. We think we will be extending phase three."
Another day of no deaths of confirmed cases. New cases being very closely monitored though. Positivity rate still under 1% but even small increases remind us threat of virus still very real. Please keep sticking to #FACTS advice to help us keep it under control. https://t.co/r2Pbz4NVTZ
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