Coronavirus in Scotland: 39 new deaths and 1,596 new cases

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The Scottish government has confirmed that 39 people have died in the past 24 hours after testing positive for the coronavirus. There have been 1,596 new cases of Covid-19 recorded in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 72,328 since the start of the pandemic in March.

Scotland’s death toll from the virus now stands at 3,036.

Currently, 1,245 people are hospitalized with the virus, including 106 in intensive care.

It comes after Scotland introduced a new five-level lockdown that went into effect across the country this week.

Local lockdowns range from level zero to level four – with restrictions at the highest level as close to a full lockdown the country experienced in March.

Each local authority’s lockdown level was confirmed last week, with the majority of communes remaining at level three.

But Nicola Sturgeon has warned that Lanarkshire could move to the most difficult lockdown level when existing restrictions are reviewed next week.

In his appearance before the Scottish Parliament’s Covid-19 committee on Wednesday, Sturgeon said: ‘If you reduce an area by one level, you open it up more, which will lead to increased transmissions.

“So the judgment has to be – has this area come down to a low enough level to cope with this increased transmission.

“With Lanarkshire, I don’t think it will surprise anyone to hear that I wouldn’t expect next Tuesday’s decision to be whether she will go from level three to level two – it will be will stay- does it go to level three, or it goes to level four.

“It will come to a judgment as to whether we see cases continue to drop, whether we think it’s a significant enough drop, and the pressure on the NHS. ”

The Scottish government has launched a postcode checker so people can confirm the level to which the area they live in has been placed.

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