Scottish Government confirms 41 new Covid deaths in last 24 hours
A further 41 deaths of people in Scotland who tested positive for Covid-19 have been reported in the last 24 hours.
The latest Scottish Government figures also show 9,910 new cases of the virus have been reported, although some of these figures will be delayed due to large volumes of lab testing.
There were 1,544 people in hospital yesterday with recently confirmed coronavirus with 50 of these people receiving intensive care.
Since the start of the pandemic, 10,038 people have died who tested positive for the virus, as of January 14.
A total of 4,396,802 people have received their first dose of a Covid vaccination, while 4,060,859 have received their second dose and 3,171,289 have received a third dose or booster jab.
The latest figures come as Scotland national clinical director, professor Jason Leith, warned that Scots will need to adapt to the next strain of the virus.
He told STV’s Scotland Tonight programme: “We’ve had four variants, and they’ve got progressively worse, and this one has got slightly better. But Omicron didn’t come from Delta and Delta didn’t come from Alpha. That’s not how it works. They all come from the beginning.
“So you could get a more mild one, and that would help us and you would end up having fewer people in hospital, but you could get a more severe one. So we have to be ready for all of those eventualities.
“This is not the last variant, there will be another one. So governments all over the world, including ours, have to be ready and businesses have to be ready.”
The Scottish Government is expected to publish a new ‘strategic framework’ within weeks, which will outline Scotland’s response to Covid over the coming months and years.
Nicola Sturgeon has indicated that the roadmap will set out how Scotland could live with Covid without the need for restrictive measures.
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