Nicola Sturgeon announces 697 new cases of coronavirus in Scotland, no deaths recorded

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Nicola Sturgeon has announced 697 new cases of the coronavirus in Scotland in the past 24 hours.The total number of confirmed cases across the country is 32,906 since the start of the pandemic.

No new death from a positive case means the toll is 2,530.

The Prime Minister, speaking at her daily briefing in Edinburgh, said 218 people are currently being treated in hospital, 22 of them in intensive care.



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New cases; 242 are in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 145 in Lothian, 130 in Lanarkshire, the remainder being distributed among other boards of health.

Last week there was an increase in infections and deaths across the country.

The latest figures come as speculation mounts over a possible “circuit breaker” lockdown imposed on the country.

The Scottish government and its health advisers are studying whether further lockdown restrictions are needed to reduce the number of people catching Covid-19.

Transmission of the virus is on the rise, with hundreds of new cases now being reported every day.

One option that ministers can consider is a so-called “circuit breaker” locking.

This could see non-essential stores and hospitality businesses being asked to temporarily close and travel restrictions on the public reimposed.

While no final decision has been made, such a course of action has been suggested by politicians and health experts in recent days.

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