Scottish Government announces 6,734 covid cases in last 24 hours

The Scottish Government have confirmed that 6,734 new coronavirus cases have been recorded in the last 24 hours.

There are 516 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus with 38 being treated in intensive care.

No new deaths were recorded, however register offices are typically closed on weekends.

Test positivity is currently at 15.2 per cent.

4,372,129 people have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination, 3,993,642 their second dose and 2,561,480 have got a third dose or booster.

This comes as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon expressed her disappointed that neither the Prime Minister nor the Chancellor was on a call to devolved nations about the state of the coronavirus pandemic in the UK.

The new Omicron strain became the dominant variant in Scotland on Friday and is spreading across the country with the R number believed to be as high as 4.

Boris Johnson is reluctant to introduce further covid measures after a 100-strong Tory rebellion in the House of Commons against restrictions re-introduced in England.

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