The Scottish government has also announced that 369 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported overnight.
Scotland’s death toll since the start of the pandemic has now reached 3,725.
1,041 people are hospitalized for the deadly virus while 75 people remain in intensive care.
The prime minister said a “technical fault” in their reporting system means today’s numbers may be slightly lower than expected.
The news comes as it has been claimed 1,500 older people will die alone or with minimal family contact before Christmas in the wake of Scotland’s home visiting scandal.
The Scottish government has been accused of presiding over a ‘human rights disaster’ by failing to provide secure access procedures nine months after the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
And an MSP has warned that the policy of allowing Covid-19 positive patients to be returned to nursing homes compounds the injustice, as foster homes must be locked for 28 days.
Responding to these claims, a Scottish government spokesperson said: ‘We are urgently working with care homes and partners to ensure they can support safe visits as much as possible.
“To directly contribute to this, alongside our support of NHS primary care and the provision of PPE if needed.
“We have significantly expanded testing, which will include priority testing for designated visitors to nursing homes.”