Scotland records highest daily positive coronavirus cases for almost month

Scientists working at a lab in Glasgow analysing coronavirus swabs. Credit: PA

Scotland has recorded its highest jump in daily positive coronavirus tests for almost a month.

Figures released by the Scottish Government show there were 21 confirmed results over a 24-hour period as of 2pm on Saturday.

It is the highest number since June 21 - when 26 positive test results were recorded.



People wait for opening outside a pub in Edinburgh as pubs in Scotland reopen indoor spaces earlier this week. Credit: PA

Deputy first minister John Sweeney warned the public of the ongoing threat of coronavirus, with the surge in positive cases coming after lockdown measures were eased on Wednesday.

He tweeted: "Thankfully another day of no deaths recorded due to #COVID. 21 positive cases however remind us of the danger still out there."

According to government data, Scotland's coronavirus death toll has remained at 2,491 since Thursday.

No further deaths among patients who had tested positive for Covid-19 were reported on Saturday.

The UK nations have continued to publish their latest data on virus deaths, despite the UK government "pausing" their updates due to an urgent review into how Public Health England calculates the data.

A total of 18,422 people have now tested positive for the virus in Scotland.