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Two fresh cases of Covid-19 confirmed in NHS Highland area in past day; news comes as Scotland reported 255 new coronavirus infections in past 24 hours

By Philip Murray

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Covid-19 update.
Covid-19 update.

ONLY two new cases of Covid-19 were diagnosed in the NHS Highland area in the past day.

The cumulative number of positive tests for the virus in the region since the start of the pandemic rose to 559 from 557 when the latest daily update was published this afternoon.

It was the smallest daily increase reported in the region since the end of August. But it came amid warnings that the UK as a whole could see up to 50,000 new cases of the virus every day by mid-October unless action is taken to slow its spread. And First Minister Nicola Sturgeon used her daily briefing to add that some form of additional measures are "almost certain" to be introduced in the next few days.

Across Scotland, the past 24 hours saw a further 255 people test positive for the virus. This represented 6.3 per cent of all those tested over that period.

The number of people being treated in hospital with recently confirmed Covid-19 rose by 10 to 73, while those receiving treatment in intensive care fell by one, to eight.

In the past day, no deaths were reported among those people who had tested positive for the virus.

Elsewhere in the north of Scotland, there were no new cases confirmed in NHS Shetland, NHS Orkney or NHS Eileanan Siar.

NHS Grampian, meanwhile, recorded a further 16 cases to take its cumulative total to 2114. And there were eight fresh positive tests in NHS Tayside, bringing its overall tally to 2273.

There have now been 24,626 confirmed cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus in Scotland since the pandemic began earlier this year.

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