Covid: Scotland records highest number of new virus cases
Scotland has recorded 486 new positive cases of coronavirus – the highest daily total since the outbreak began.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the figures were concerning, and underlined why new restrictions had been imposed.
But she said it was important to remember that many more people are being tested now than at the peak of the outbreak earlier in the year.
Ms Sturgeon said 224 of the new cases were in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, with 107 in Lanarkshire and 57 in Lothian.
The number of positive tests was 103 higher than the figure recorded on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases in Scotland to 25,495.
Ms Sturgeon said the number in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area included a "significant" outbreak at Glasgow University.
People across Scotland have been banned from visiting other people's homes from today, with Ms Sturgeon warning that the virus risks "spiralling out of control" unless urgent action is taken.
The move means Scotland will have tougher coronavirus restrictions than England, where people can can still meet in groups of up to six in a house.
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Scotland, like England, will also impose a 10pm curfew on pubs and restaurants from Friday – which the trade has warned could cost jobs and force some premises to close completely.
Speaking at her daily briefing on Wednesday, the first minister said: "The total number of positive cases reported yesterday was 486 – that is the highest number of positive cases we have ever recorded in a single day.
"It must be remembered that many more people are being tested now than was the case in the spring.
"Nevertheless, today's number represents 7.8% of people newly tested. That is obviously a real cause for concern, but it also underlines why we took very decisive and very tough action yesterday."
Ms Sturgeon said she could understand why many people felt like the country was "back to square one" after the new nationwide restriction on visiting other homes was imposed.
But she said this was "emphatically not the case", despite the recent resurgence in cases.
The first minister said: "For a start, the action we took to suppress the virus over the summer meant that we have faced this resurgence from a lower base.
"That matters, and it is entirely thanks to the lockdown restrictions and all of the individual sacrifices that everyone has made."
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