Scottish Government confirms 11,827 new coronavirus cases in last 24-hours

By Jamie Mckenzie

The Scottish Government has confirmed that 11,827 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours.

The latest figures for Scotland showed that test positivity is at 29.5 per cent.

There are currently 1,432 people in hospital confirmed to have Covid with 54 being treated in intensive care.

No additional deaths have been recorded although register offices are closed at weekends.

To date, 4,392,694 people have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccination with 4,048,656 having a second jab and 3,115,065 receiving a third dose or booster.

The latest figures come as Prime Minister Boris Johnson signalled his support for cutting the Covid self-isolation period to five days, just as Scotland’s top medical adviser said it was “far too early” for another cut in quarantine rules.

The Prime Minister said the Government was “looking at” again reducing the quarantine period in England from seven to five days if the scientific advice recommended it.

Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi, the UK Education Secretary, publicly called for a move to a five-day isolation period on Sunday, following a similar decision in the United States.

But Scotland’s national clinical director, Jason Leith, said the policy posed too many risks amid a raging debate on the correct balance between the time people with Covid need to stay indoors and protecting staff levels in public services and businesses.

In England the self-isolation period was reduced from ten days to seven in December, a move that was only backed by the Scottish Government last week.

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