The latest figures for today detailing the number of people diagnosed with Covid-19 in the last 24 hours have been announced.
The First Minister was joined at St Andrew’s House by Interim Chief Medical Officer Dr Gregor Smith. This morning it was announced that all four nations are working towards allowing some relaxation of the rules over Christmas. The full details are yet to be released, but it is thought that a few families might be allowed to join together in a bubble to celebrate over a few days. The details of this are yet to be finalised but the First Minister expects to make an announcement about that later in the week.
There will be two sets of announcements in Holyrood this week, the first tomorrow when the First Minister says she will confirm the new Levels for each local authority area in Scotland. She does not expect to make much change tomorrow. Those eleven areas in Level Four will remain there until 11 December and she said today that it is unlikely that Midlothian will move down a level due to recent figures giving cause for concern.
The other announcement will be made on Wednesday by Health Secretary Jeane Freeman who will make a report on testing.
The figures in Scotland as at 23 November 2020 are as follows:
The number of new cases of Covid-19 reported in Scotland today – 949 new cases reported which is 8.6% of those tested
The total number of positive cases since the start of the outbreak is now 89,310
The number of people in hospital with recently confirmed Covid-19 – 1,208 which is an increase of 3 since yesterday.
Number of people in Intensive Care Units in Scotland – 84 which is 11 fewer than yesterday.
The number of people in the NHS Lothian area who have tested positive in the last day is 95 and in Greater Glasgow and Clyde it is 370.
The number of deaths reported today of people who have tested positive within the last 28 days is zero but the First Minister reminded everyone that registration offices are closed over the weekend and figures reported on Sundays and Mondays can be artificially low.
There have been 44 deaths reported since Friday and the number of deaths under that measurement is 3,503.
National Records of Scotland announced their weekly figures on Wednesday which states that the total number of Covid-19 related deaths to 8 November 2020 is 5,135.
You can also see the latest numbers laid out visually on the Travelling Tabby website here. It is updated at 3pm daily.