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NHS Highland health board area registers 17 new coronavirus infections; increase came as 677 fresh Covid-19 cases were reported across Scotland over the past day


By Philip Murray

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SEVENTEEN new cases of Covid-19 have been detected across the NHS Highland region in the past day.

The area’s cumulative number of cases since the start of the pandemic rose from 5298 to 5315 when Public Health Scotland released its latest daily figures on Wednesday.

More than 100 confirmed cases of the virus have been recorded across the whole NHS Highland area in less than a week – driven in part by a large cluster in Fort William, and a smaller number of known cases in the Aviemore area.

There were 677 new positive tests for Covid-19 across Scotland during the past day – or 2.8 per cent of all those Scots tested over that period.

Some 114 people were receiving treatment for the virus in Scottish hospitals last night – a rise of eight.

Ten were in intensive care, which was unchanged from Tuesday.

Sadly one further Covid death was reported in Scotland in the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the north of Scotland, there were no new cases in either NHS Shetland or NHS Eileanan Siar. NHS Orkney recorded one new positive test – its first in more than a fortnight.

There were 21 further cases across NHS Grampian, which now has a running total of 15,497.

And NHS Tayside’s cumulative tally rose to 15,301, after 56 fresh infections were detected.

There have been 237,066 known cases of the virus across Scotland since the pandemic first began.

Almost 3.29 million Scots have now had their first vaccination jag, while more than 2.1 million have received their second.

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