No new coronavirus death in Scotland for day 17 but 31 new confirmed cases

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There have been no new coronavirus deaths recorded in Scotland for seventeen days, as 31 new positive cases are announced today. The total number of positive cases is now 18,676, according to the latest figures released by the Scottish Government.

The number of patients receiving treatment for confirmed or suspected cases of the virus in hospital is 265 – three of whom are currently in intensive care.

The figures come after a cluster of 13 Covid-19 cases have been linked to a pub in Aberdeen.

Public health officials are investigating the new cases, which are associated with The Hawthorn Bar in the city center.

Patrons who visited the pub on Sunday July 26 have since tested positive for the virus and are showing mild symptoms.

It also emerged on Friday that two other Scots had tested positive for the coronavirus after a cluster was identified in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area.

This brings the total to 13 and an incident management team (IMT) contacts anyone who may be affected.

The cases are linked to Inverclyde locations; M&D Green Pharmacy in John Wood Street, Port Glasgow and Amazon in Gourock.

Health chiefs have also confirmed that a case has been linked to the Sitel call center in Lanarkshire.

Elsewhere, Scotland’s contact tracing strategy has been called a ‘utter shambles’ after the discovery of a vital application for the battle against Covid-19 that will not be available until the fall.

Health executives have already failed to launch a separate web-based program to allow patients to list people they may have infected, which was promised in June.

Now, experts are developing a Bluetooth app that will automatically track people who may be at risk.

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