Covid in Scotland: Six further deaths reported in 24 hours

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There have been six new coronavirus-related deaths in Scotland, taking the total under that measure to 2,550.

The latest figures also showed another 1,009 new cases of the virus were recorded in the past 24 hours - the fourth day in a row that new cases have topped one thousand.

The figure equates to 14.1% of those newly tested for Covid-19.

The health board area with the largest number of new cases was Greater Glasgow and Clyde, where 357 were confirmed.

NHS Lanarkshire had 204 new cases, with 160 in the Lothians.

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The number of coronavirus patients in hospital also reached a 14-week high, with 432 people with the virus receiving treatment.

The figure is 35 more than Friday's 397 patients and the highest recorded number of positive cases in hospital since 2 July.

Of these patients, 34 were in intensive care, up by three from the revised figure on Friday.

In the past seven days, 6,591 people have tested positive for the virus in Scotland, taking the total to 38,042.

It comes as a new walk-in testing centre was opened in Stirling for symptomatic patients to take a self-administered Covid-19 test.

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Only people experiencing coronavirus symptoms - such as a new and continuous cough, a fever or a loss of taste or smell - are advised to use the facility.

Patients will be asked to take a swab of their nose and the back of their throat to test for the virus, with staff support available for vulnerable individuals and people with disabilities.

Based at The Engine Shed in central Stirling, the new test site has been set up by the UK government and is run by private firm Mitie.

Test samples will be analysed at the Glasgow Lighthouse Lab and patients with Covid-19 will be contacted by NHS Scotland tracers.

The centre will operate seven days a week, with appointments available from 08:00 until 20:00.

The increasing number of cases has prompted the Scottish government to introduce new restrictions across the country.

The strictest curbs involve licensed premises in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lothian, Lanarkshire, Forth Valley and Ayrshire and Arran being closed until 25 October.

Hospitality venues in the rest of Scotland are allowed to open, but are only permitted to serve non-alcoholic drinks and food indoors between 06:00 and 18:00.

Licensed premises in these areas are still able to serve alcohol in outdoor areas, such as beer gardens, up to the 22:00 curfew introduced in September.