No new deaths from coronavirus have been recorded in Scotland in the past 24 hours for the first time since the first days of the pandemic.
Health Secretary Jeane Freeman warned that fewer deaths were recorded at the weekend and warned that further deaths were “still likely”.
The latest Scottish government figures show that 15,621 people tested positive for Covid-19.
This is an increase of 18 from Saturday.
As no other person who tested positive died, the total number of deaths in Scotland under this measure remained at 2,415.
There has been no change in the number of people hospitalized with a confirmed case – 646, of whom 16 are being treated in intensive care. Nine other people were in intensive care with suspected Covid-19.
Since March 5, 3,801 people have been discharged from hospital after receiving treatment for the virus.
Coronavirus death in Scotland
Speaking at the government coronavirus briefing, Freeman said zero deaths in 24 hours was “good news”, but urged people not to read the number too much and to continue to adhere to lock restrictions .
She said that Scotland had made progress, but that progress was “fragile”.
Freeman said: “We are not rushing announcements on the back of positive news, but occasional positive news in the context of the weekend when we know that the number of recorded deaths is less than a day week.
“I want to be here for several more days when I or the Prime Minister give these kinds of figures, but to get there, we have to stick with the measures that are in place.”
Freeman said the numbers she read were “not just statistics.”
She said, “Each of these 2,415 people who died was someone whose loss is a source of sadness and grief for many.
“I therefore wish to extend my sincere condolences to all those who have lost a loved one. “