Covid Scotland: 10 deaths and 4,298 new cases in 24 hours as hospital admissions surge

By Carla Jenkins

The number of coronavirus patients in hospital in Scotland has hit its highest level since late February.

The latest figures published by the Scottish Government on Saturday recorded 10 coronavirus-linked deaths and 4,289 new cases in the past 24 hours.

The figures indicated there were 985 people with recently confirmed Covid in hospital, up eight on the previous day.

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This is the highest figure since February 24 but remains well below the second-wave peak of 2,053 in January.

Of the 985 people in hospital, 83 were in intensive care, up one on the previous day.

The test positivity rate was 10.9%, down from 11.1% the previous day

People waiting at a covid-19 testing center outdoors on a UK city street. (Getty Images)

The death toll under the daily measure - of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days - is now 8,242.

A total of 4,137,710 people have received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccination and 3,769,320 have received their second dose.

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