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NHS Highland's run of three days without freshly-confirmed cases of coronavirus ends; two new positive tests for Covid-19 take region's official tally to 333

By Philip Murray

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Covid-19 update.
Covid-19 update.

NEW cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the Highlands 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 Highlands 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 sadly 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.

NHS Tayside, meanwhile, also recorded six new positive tests, to take its overall tally to 1599. Only 18 people were receiving hospital treatment for the virus, down from 23 on Monday.

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