Coronavirus: Cases increase by 18 in Scotland

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A total of 18 new confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported in Scotland in the past 24 hours.

The figures also showed that there had been no confirmed deaths from the virus for the 16th day in a row.

It comes after 30 new cases of Covid-19 were reported on Friday – the biggest daily increase in eight weeks.

Nicola Sturgeon said the Scottish government was paying “close attention” to the numbers amid fears of a new spike in infections.

The tally of 18 new cases on Saturday represents 0.5% of the 15,382 tests carried out in the past 24 hours.

Scottish government figures also showed there were 260 people in hospital with Covid-19 on Friday night and three in intensive care.

Daily figures showed that no new deaths were recorded among those who tested positive for the virus, meaning the tally for this specific measure remains at 2,491.

However, the total number of coronavirus-related deaths, calculated by National Records of Scotland, currently stands at 4,201.

Friday’s figure of 30 new coronavirus cases marked the first time in more than eight weeks that so many cases had been recorded in a single day.

Ms Sturgeon said about half of the new cases confirmed last week were in people between the ages of 20 and 39, and she called for a more cautious approach to socialization.

The Scottish government has also warned people not to travel to areas of England affected by the new local lockdown rules.

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