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Two new positive tests take NHS Highland coronavirus tally to 333

By Philip Murray

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New cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the NHS Highland area for the first time since Friday.

Two new positive tests were recorded in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 333.

The slight rise ended a three-day run with no new cases reported. However, the number of people receiving treatment for coronavirus in the region's hospitals fell from six to five.

The minor increases in cases came against a backdrop of 61 fresh diagnoses across Scotland as a whole. There have now been 14,655 positive tests since the pandemic began.

Twenty-nine additional people who tested positive in Scotland have passed away. The number of fatalities among those who returned positive tests now stands at 2134.

People receiving intensive care treatment for suspected or confirmed Covid-19 fell slightly across Scotland – down to 59 from 63 – but the number of people receiving any form of hospital care for the virus rose from 1427 to 1447.

Elsewhere in the north, there were no fresh cases in the Northern Isles or Outer Hebrides.

Six new diagnoses were made in NHS Grampian, to take its total to 1206, although hospital patient numbers fell from 88 to 84, and those in intensive care dropped to six.

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