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Ninety-eight new coronavirus cases detected across NHS Highland region; increase came as 1686 fresh positive tests for Covid-19 were registered in Scotland over the past day


By Philip Murray

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NINETY-eight new positive tests for Covid-19 have been recorded across the NHS Highland area in the past day.

The region’s cumulative number of confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic rose from 8468 to 8566 when the latest figures were released by Public Health Scotland on Wednesday.

The number of people being treated for the virus in NHS Highland hospitals remained unchanged from yesterday, on 15.

Across Scotland there were 1686 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours. This represented six per cent of all people tested in Scotland during that period.

The number of people being treated for the virus in hospital last night stood unchanged at 529. Of those, 51 were in intensive care – a rise of four from Tuesday’s update.

And sadly seven further deaths have been registered among people who tested positive for the virus in the previous 28 days.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the north of Scotland, there were 10 new cases in NHS Shetland (taking its cumulative tally to 350), four fresh infections in NHS Eileanan Siar (for a total of 362) and one further positive test in NHS Orkney (for 141).

NHS Grampian recorded 126 new cases overnight, for a running total of 22,143.

And 152 fresh infections were detected in NHS Tayside – taking its cumulative tally to 25,864.

There have now been 334,131 positive tests across Scotland since the pandemic began.

Almost 3.99 million Scots have now had their first Covid vaccination injection, while more than 3.01 million have had their second.

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