2,622 new cases of Covid-19 have been identified in Scotland in the past 24 hours.
According to figures from the Scottish Government, there were 68 deaths during the same period, 25 more than recorded yesterday.
Yesterday, 70 individuals were in intensive care with the virus, and a further 1,245 are in the hospital.
1,174 individuals with recently confirmed COVID-19 are in the hospital.
Of the new incidents, a total of 680 are in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, and 379 are in NHS Lothian.
1,372,469 individuals were tested for #coronavirus in Scotland
The overall number of people reported to be positive grew by 2,622 to 127,453.
Unfortunately, 68 more patients who tested positive died (4,578 in total)
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– 31 December 2020, the Scottish Government (@scotgov)
Since May 6, when 83 confirmed deaths were recorded, the death toll has been the highest in the world.
During Jan. 1-4, regular updates will be released to include the latest data on the number of new COVID-19 cases and positivity rates checked.
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The latest statistics come after Health Minister Jeane Freeman cautioned that the capacity of Scotland to provide people over the age of 50 with the new coronavirus vaccine by spring would depend on supply.
The First Minister also indicated that as the new Covid 19 strain becomes more “dominant” in the world, she can not rule out the possibility that tighter lockdown measures will be required in Scotland.
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In an effort to control the latest strain, the entire Scottish mainland actually has the highest degree of restrictions.
This Hogmanay is urged by Police Scotland to “take personal responsibility” as all big public celebrations and gatherings due to the corona virus are cancelled.