NHS Highland records a further 13 new Covid-19 infections
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THIRTEEN new cases of Covid-19 have been detected in the NHS Highland area in the past 24 hours.
The cumulative number of positive tests in the region rose to 445 when the latest daily update was published this afternoon.
The latest daily increase is two higher than yesterday's rise of 11 cases – which, at the time, was the area's biggest daily increase since mid-June.
The 13 new cases in the region came as 159 fresh positive tests were recorded across the whole of Scotland.
However, there were no newly reported deaths in the past day, and the number of people in hospital with confirmed Covid-19 fell by one to 258. Four of those were in intensive care last night.
Elsewhere in the north of Scotland, the Western Isles reported its first Covid-19 infections since the middle of June. Two new cases were added to its tally in the past 24 hours, taking the Western Isles' cumulative total to nine.
However, in accompanying notes, the Scottish Government explained the reason for the rise. It said that NHS Eileanan Siar had re-tested two people who had earlier received positive results from a UK government lab, "and found them negative".
It added that, despite this, the two earlier positive tests were being included in the figures because all positive tests are reported "unless there is a formal denotification of a result by the lab that reported the positive result".
Elsewhere, the Northern Isles saw their totals remain unchanged, with NHS Orkney and NHS Shetland reporting no new positive tests in the past day.
NHS Grampian and NHS Tayside each reported six new cases apiece to take their cumulative totals since the start of the pandemic to 1954 and 2157 respectively.