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NHS Highland area records 20 new positive tests for Covid-19 - the single biggest daily increase in more than three months; news comes as Scotland detected 465 cases of coronavirus in past 24 hours

By Philip Murray

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Covid-19 update.
Covid-19 update.

TWENTY more people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 in the NHS Highland area.

The cumulative number of cases detected in the region since the start of the pandemic rose from 574 to 594 when the latest daily update was published at 2pm.

It was the single biggest daily increase in the region since the middle of June, when totals jumped across all of Scotland's health boards following the inclusion of UK government lab test results in the figures for the first time.

Today's rise came as 465 new cases were recorded across Scotland as a whole – a figure only marginally lower than yesterday's daily record of 486.

The latest total represented 7.9 per cent of all the tests conducted in the past 24 hours.

The number of people being treated in hospital with recently diagnosed Covid-19 was up one, to 84. Although the number of patients in intensive care remained unchanged at 10.

Sadly, a further two people who have tested positive for the coronavirus have died.

Elsewhere, in the north of Scotland there were no new cases of Covid-19 detected in NHS Shetland or NHS Eileanan Siar. However, there was one new diagnosis in NHS Orkney in the past 24 hours – taking its overall total since the start of the pandemic to 20.

NHS Grampian, meanwhile, had 19 new positive tests – to take its tally to 2159.

And NHS Tayside recorded 14 new cases, for an overall total of 2308.

There have now been 25,960 positive tests across Scotland since the pandemic began earlier this year.

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