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NHS Highland area sees no fresh positive tests for coronavirus

By Philip Murray

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No fresh cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in the NHS Highland area in the past 24 hours, figures from the Scottish Government have revealed.

There have been 334 positive tests for the virus in the NHS Highland area since the outbreak began – the same as yesterday.

The 24-hour period without newly confirmed cases follows an earlier three-day window without diagnoses last weekend.

The number of people being treated in the region's hospitals dropped from 13 to 12 last night.

The figures came against a backdrop of 105 new positive tests across the whole of Scotland, which has now recorded 14,856 confirmed cases overall. The true figure is thought to be much higher.

The number of people being treated in Scottish hospitals for confirmed Covid-19 last night stood at 909 ­– down from 943 yesterday. Of those, 43 were in intensive care.

The death toll among people who tested positive for the virus rose by 37 to 2221.

Elsewhere in the north, there were once again no new cases in Orkney, Shetland or the Western Isles.

There were two fresh positive tests in NHS Grampian, which has now recorded 1218 cases since the pandemic started. The number of people in its hospitals with the virus fell from 80 to 72, of whom six patients were in intensive care.

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