Scottish government announces eight Covid deaths among 5,858 new cases in past 24 hours – .

Scottish government announces eight Covid deaths among 5,858 new cases in past 24 hours – .

The Scottish government has announced eight covid deaths in Scotland in the past 24 hours.
There have been 5,858 recorded cases across the country during the same period, bringing the total number since the start of the pandemic to 407,660.

The death toll according to the daily measurement – of people who tested positive for the virus for the first time in the previous 28 days – rose to 8,103.

A total of 494 people are hospitalized and 49 patients are currently receiving intensive care treatment.

Scotland and South West England saw strong increases

So far, 4,098,078 people have received the first dose of the Covid vaccine and 3,640,865 have received their second.

It comes after a study suggested that people infected with the Delta variant of Covid-19 are twice as likely to need hospital treatment as those with the Alpha strain.

Researchers examined more than 43,000 cases in England between March and May and their findings were published in the medical journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

Almost three-quarters of the coronavirus cases in the study were in unvaccinated people, with 1.8% coming from those who had received both vaccines.

The study indicated that about one in 50 patients were admitted to hospital within two weeks of their first positive test, or 2.3% of Delta cases and 2.2% of those with the Alpha variant, first identified in Kent.

The researchers then adjusted those numbers to take other factors into account to determine that the risk of being admitted to hospital was more than doubled with the Delta variant compared to the Alpha variant.

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