Covid in Scotland: 28 further deaths recorded, John Swinney confirms

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A FURTHER 28 coronavirus deaths have been recorded in Scotland over the last 24 hours, the deputy first minister has said.

Speaking at the Scottish Government’s daily coronavirus briefing, John Swinney said that the number of patients who have died after testing positive for the virus in the previous 28 days now stands at 2819.

The Education Secretary added that there have been 1281 new coronavirus cases, accounting for 6% of the total number of tests carried out.

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Of the new cases there are 496 in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 258 in Lanarkshire, 194 in Lothian and 89 in Tayside.

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There have now been 62,812 coronavirus cases recorded since the beginning of the pandemic.

There were 1170 people in hospital with Covid-19, an increase of 18 on the previous day, and 83 people in intensive care, a decrease of three.

It comes after new Scottish Government guidance showed that senior school pupils (S4-6) and teachers in level 3 and 4 areas are being asked to wear face coverings in class from Monday.

Swinney also reminded viewers that the Scottish Government last night added Cyprus and Lithuania to the quarantine list.

People entering Scotland from these areas must now quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

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