The Scottish Government needs to “get its house in order” on coronavirus testing after daily numbers fell to their lowest level in weeks, the Tories have said.
A total of 2,729 tests took place on Sunday, despite Scotland having a capacity for 15,000 a day.
This included 2,096 tests carried out by the NHS in Scotland and 633 carried out by the mobile and drive-in facilities run by the UK Government.
The figure for May 31 is 42% lower than the previous Sunday and is the lowest daily figure since the data was published on April 30.
Scottish Conservative leader Jackson Carlaw said: “For weeks now the SNP government has been told to carry out more tests to help Scotland beat this virus.
“But, instead, the number has now plummeted to the lowest since this new drive began.
“That’s alarming and points to huge failings on testing at the hands of this SNP government.
“It was clear weeks ago that the SNP couldn’t just stand and wait for people to come to them, and it had to get out and take these tests to those who need it most.
“That hasn’t happened and there’s been no explanation as to why.
“If the SNP doesn’t get its house in order in terms of testing, more people will die and Scotland’s move out of lockdown will be put in jeopardy.”
The Test and Protect scheme was rolled out on Thursday, and allows anyone with coronavirus symptoms to book a test via the NHS Inform website or by calling 0800 028 2816.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was asked about the strategy at her daily briefing on Monday.
She said more data would be published soon on this, adding: “Before I say this, don’t take this as any complacency about the direction of travel of the virus.
“The numbers coming through Test and Protect are dependent on the numbers with symptoms of the virus.
“If we have, as we believe we have right now … declining transmission, then hopefully we will see the numbers coming forward for testing through Test and Protect not rising but going in the opposite direction.
“We need to have the capacity and the ability to flex that capacity to take account of anything that happens with prevalence and transmission of the virus in the future.”
She also said routine Covid-19 testing had been extended in care homes and ministers were considering extending testing among NHS workers.
A Scottish Government spokeswoman said: “We expect testing numbers to fluctuate from day-to-day and, over the last seven days, the average number of tests in NHS labs was the third highest to date.
“Tests at the drive through and mobile centres are demand-led and the number of people tested there depends on the numbers of people with symptoms coming forward for testing.
“Over the last seven days, we have seen the lowest number of positive cases since 16 March (262 in total) and this general trend is likely to affect testing numbers.
“We know that Scotland continues to have a higher testing rate in NHS labs than the rest of the UK – with Scotland’s testing rate at 31,052.38 per million, compared with a UK-wide testing rate of 25,967.43 per million.”