Scottish Government confirms 39 deaths and 2,691 covid cases in last 24 hours

By Jon Hebditch

The Scottish Government has confirmed that 39 people have died from coronavirus in the last 24 hours.

The latest figures for Scotland showed that 2,691 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 8,760.

There are currently 980 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus with 69 being treated in intensive care.

The total number of positive cases since the pandemic started stands at 583,019.

To date 4,235,075 people have received their first vaccination with 3,854,847 having a second jab.

The virus is again 'running rampant' among young people between 10 and 19 (Getty Images)

The figures come as it has been warned the virus is again 'running rampant' among young people between 10 and 19.

According to figures released by the ZOE COVID Study App, a total of one in 30 are currently infected with Covid in this age group in Britain.

The number of daily new infections continues to increase rapidly in the under 19s and cases are rising in the 30 to 49 age group, but at a slower rate.

Cases remain low and stable in people over the age of 50 in the UK, the new research shows.

According to the ZOE prevalence data, it’s estimated 1 in 30 children aged between 10-19 currently have Covid.

The data also reveals that all regions in the UK are currently experiencing a rise in cases except for Scotland, where infections are falling.

It comes as the weekly number of coronavirus-related deaths registered in Scotland has dropped for the first time since early August.

The UK R value is estimated to be around 1.1 and regional R values are England 1.1, Wales 1.0 and Scotland 0.9, according to the research.

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