Coronavirus: Positive tests in Scotland rise by 123 in 24 hours

A total of 123 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, the highest figure in more than a week.

But no new deaths have been reported among those with a positive result, and the number of people in hospital dropped to 251, down seven.

Nicola Sturgeon said the figure was "worrying" but said the percentage of positive tests remained below 1%.

The level of testing has also reached record levels.

Five people are being treated in intensive care, no change on Saturday's figure.

The combined figure for Saturday (88) and Sunday (123) was the biggest leap in positive cases in 48 hours since 22 May.

Sunday's figure matches the 123 cases which were reported just over a week ago on 22 August

The Scottish government's daily update showed that six of the new cases were in the Grampian health board area, 39 in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 26 in Lanarkshire and seven in Tayside.

All four health boards have dealt with clusters in previous weeks.

On Sunday NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said it was contact tracing in connection with St Aloysius College, a private school in the city. Previously the health board said it tracing contacts related to Gilmour & Dean Eurostampa, a printing firm based in Whiteinch, and Low Moss Prison in East Dunbartonshire.

Scotland's Covid-19 'hotspots'

Cases per 100,000 over the last seven days

Nicola Sturgeon said the high number of new cases was "a worry" but said it was important to note that the positivity rate for tests carried out in Scotland remained below 1%.

The government said 0.8% of those being tested were currently coming back as positive, a slight increase on Saturday.

The first minister has repeatedly said that World Health Organisation guidance states the Read More – Source

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