Scottish Government announces 30 deaths and 4,917 Covid cases in last 24 hours

By David Walker

The Scottish Government has confirmed that 30 people have died from coronavirus in the last 24 hours.

The latest figures for Scotland showed that 4,917 new cases had also been identified overnight.

It brings the death toll since last March – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – to 8,293.

There are currently 1,079 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus with 91 being treated in intensive care.

To date 4,146,847 people have received their first vaccination with 3,791,597 having a second jab.

The figures come as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed yesterday that all 12-15-year-olds in Scotland will be offered a Covid vaccine.

Covid vaccine passports have been approved in Scotland (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

The UK's four chief medical officers (CMO) all made the recommendation that everyone over the age of 12 should have access to the vaccine.

Ms Sturgeon said that the Scottish Government ""welcomes and accepts" this recommendation.

The reason behind this new initiative is to try and alleviate any added pressure on the education system, with thousands of school pupils being forced to self-isolate since they went back after summer.

The CMOs said mass vaccination of young teens would "likely" reduce Covid outbreaks in schools - decreasing the risk of disruption to learning.

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