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Sixty-six new positive tests for coronavirus in NHS Highland area; statistic comes amid rising Covid-19 hospital patient numbers in the health board region

By Philip Murray

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Covid-19 news.
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MORE people are being treated for Covid-19 in NHS Highland hospitals than at any point since early March.

Fifteen people were in hospital with the virus last night, a figure which was up two from Monday.

The last time the total stood at 15 or higher was March 11.

Another 66 people tested positive for Covid-19 across the NHS Highland health board area in the past 24 hours.

There have now been 8468 confirmed cases of the virus in the region since the pandemic began.

There were 1604 positive tests across Scotland in the past 24 hours, Public Health Scotland revealed. This equated to 9.2 per cent of all tests in Scotland during that window.

Some 529 people were receiving treatment for the virus in Scottish hospitals last night – down seven from Monday’s update.

Of these, 47 were in intensive care, which was a rise of two.

Sadly another 13 people have died having tested positive for the virus in the previous 28 days.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the north of Scotland there were 10 newly-confirmed infections in NHS Eileanan Siar overnight, for a running tally of 258.

NHS Shetland registered five new cases, and there was one new infection in NHS Orkney – taking their overall totals to 340 and 140 respectively.

NHS Grampian’s running total rose by 127, and now stands at 22,017.

And NHS Tayside’s tally is now 25,712, after a further 144 positive tests in the past day.

Some 332,455 confirmed cases of Covid-19 have been registered in Scotland since the very start of the pandemic.

More than 3.98 million people in Scotland have now received their first Covid vaccination jag, and almost three million have had their second.

Related news: At least 26 Covid cases in Caithness in latest seven-day period

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