Covid Scotland: Jeane Freeman gives latest coronavirus figures with 2,160 new cases

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A further 61 deaths from coronavirus have been recorded in Scotland, according to the latest figures.

Health secretary Jeane Freeman, standing in for Nicola Sturgeon during the Scottish Government’s daily briefing, said that new cases had also risen by 2,160. 

There have now been a total of 159,239 cases recorded in Scotland, and 5,227 deaths. 

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A total of 1,860 patients are in hospital with a confirmed case, an increase of 31 from yesterday, with 141 being treated in intensive care, a fall of one.

Of the new cases, 636 are in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 339 in Lanarkshire, and 262 in Lothian.

The remaining cases are spread over 11 other health board areas. 

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As of yesterday, a total of 224,840 people received their first dose of vaccine.

Addressing the death toll, the health secretary said: “That total reminds all of us of the heartbreak that this virus continues to cause.

“Once again I want to send my condolences to all those who have lost a loved one during this pandemic.”

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