Scottish Government confirms 21 Covid deaths and 7,606 new cases in last 24 hours

By Kathleen Speirs

The Scottish Government has confirmed that 7,606 more people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours.

The latest figures for Scotland showed that there were 21 further deaths of people who had tested positive for the virus.

There are currently 1,537 people in hospital confirmed to have Covid with 59 being treated in intensive care.

Tuesday’s figures show that the test positivity rate is at 19.1 per cent.

To date, 4,394,756 people have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccination with 4,054,752 having a second jab and 3,145,537 receiving a third dose or booster.

It comes after Boris Johnson apologised for attending a "bring your own booze" gathering in the garden of No 10 during England's first lockdown as he battled to save his premiership.

The Prime Minister acknowledged the public "rage" over the incident but insisted he thought it could have been technically within the rules.

Johnson told MPs that he attended the May 20 2020 gathering for around 25 minutes to "thank groups of staff".

"I believed implicitly that this was a work event," he said.

But "with hindsight I should have sent everyone back inside, I should have found some other way to thank them, and I should have recognised that - even if it could have been said technically to fall within the guidance - there would be millions and millions of people who simply would not see it that way."

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