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Scotland records 26 Covid deaths and 8,203 new cases including LFD positives

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Scotland has recorded 26 coronavirus-related deaths and 8,203 new cases in the last 24 hours, according to the latest figures.

Data released by the Scottish Government on Thursday includes positive results from both lateral flow tests and PCRs for the first time.

Under new rules that went into effect on January 6, those who test positive on a lateral flow device (LFD) no longer need to take a PCR test to confirm the result if they have no symptoms, although they must immediately isolate and report the result.

People with symptoms should still book a PCR test.

Of the 8,203 new cases, 4,126 people tested positive by a PCR test only, while 1,060 tested positive by a PCR after an LFD test.

Another 3,017 people tested positive by just an LFD test.

In the week ending Thursday, 89,283 people tested positive by either a first LFD or a PCR.

Authorities said that despite the improvement, large volumes of tests continue to be processed by labs, which has impacted turnaround times, “resulting in delays between samples being taken and results being received and reported.” Public Health Scotland continues to monitor the situation.

The death toll among people who have tested positive for the virus in the past 28 days has risen to 9,997.

As of Wednesday, 1,560 people with recently confirmed Covid-19 were in hospital, 23 more than the previous day, 58 in intensive care, one less.

To date, 4,395,793 people have received their first dose of Covid-19 vaccine, 4,057,606 a second and 3,159,109 a third dose or booster.

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