Coronavirus in Scotland: 68 deaths as 2,622 new cases recorded in last 24 hours – Daily Record

There were 68 deaths from Covid-19 in Scotland over the last 24 hours, official figures reveal today.

In the same time period a total of 2,622 people tested positive for the deadly virus across the country.

There are currently 1,174 coronavirus patients in hospital and 70 in intensive care.

The Scottish Government also confirmed that 10.1 per cent of the total number of tests carried out came back positive in the last 24 hours.

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Since the start of the outbreak a total of 127,453 people have tested positive for the deadly virus.

The death toll for Scotland now stands at 4,578 since the start of the pandemic in March.

Scots were warned earlier today to act as if they have coronavirus at Hogmanay by avoiding parties and staying indoors.

Scotland’s ability to give people over 50 the new  vaccine by spring will depend on supplies, according to the Health Secretary.

Jeane Freeman also confirmed that Scotland will receive 44,000 doses of the Oxford University and AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine next week, with the four nations continuing to plan supply and delivery.

After the second vaccine’s approval on Wednesday, the Scottish Government announced it would be given to people north of the border from Monday along with the rest of the UK nations.

On Boxing Day, mainland Scotland was plunged into Level 4 lockdown restrictions in the wake of fears over a mutant strain of coronavirus.

Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles are exempt, but they moved to level three on the alert level system.

The measures are set to be in place for three weeks, but the Scottish Government says it will review the restrictions after two.

Under the new rules, Scots must not mix with another household indoors in a private home.

Six people from two households can meet outdoors in a private garden or in a public place such as a park.

Travel into another council area is prohibited.

Restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars must close but they can still operate with takeaway services.

All holiday accommodation is closed to tourism, and leisure and entertainment premises must shut down.

Only essential retail, such as supermarkets, petrol stations and pharmacies, are allowed to remain open.