COVID 19: Scotland has recorded 49 deaths from coronavirus and 773 positive tests

By Bill Heaney

Scotland has recorded 49 deaths from coronavirus and 773 positive tests in the past 24 hours, the Holyrood parliament was told today.

It brings the death toll under this measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – to 6764.

The latest statistics show 193,148 people have tested positive in Scotland, up from 192,375 the previous day.

The daily test positivity rate is 6%, down from 7%.

There are 1383 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus, down 45 in 24 hours, and 100 patients are in intensive care, down two.

A total of 1,288,004 people have received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine as of Tuesday morning and 17,137 have received their second dose.

Dumbarton MSP and Scottish Labour interim leader Jackie Baillie, left,  thanked everyone involved in the vaccination programme and said they had done a “tremendous job”,

NHS England and NHS Wales have both said they will complete the vaccinations of the JCVI target list – the over 50s and the clinically vulnerable – by the end of April.

But Ms Baillie added that the deadline in Scotland is the end of May and asked why there is a month-long gap between the nations.

She also asked when the vaccine supply issues will be resolved and if jabs will be “ramped up” to catch up on the backlog.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon agreed the target in Scotland is “early May” and added that in recent weeks Scotland has been recording a vaccination rate that has been “the fastest in the whole of Europe”.

She adds: “That success gives me great confidence.”

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