One further death from coronavirus has been recorded in Scotland in the past 24 hours, as the number of cases in hospital hit more than 1,000.
Scottish Government data shows the number of confirmed cases in hospital at 1,016, a number more than double that of two weeks ago.
On October 11, 449 cases were confirmed in Scotland’s hospitals and the number of people being cared for has grown rapidly from just 45 on September 11.
The number of confirmed cases in the general population also grew by 1,303 to 56,752.
Of the newly-confirmed cases, 437 were in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board area, 341 in Lanarkshire, 155 in Lothian and 132 in Ayrshire and Arran. Only the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland did not report a single case.
A total of 2,700 people have now died after testing positive for Covid-19 in Scotland.
Along with the rise in the number of cases in hospital, two more people with Covid-19 were in intensive care, taking the total to 86.
The figures come as a senior figure in the Catholic Church has called for a 24-hour “circuit-break” on Christmas Day which would see restrictions lifted and people able to visit family.
John Keenan, the Bishop of Paisley and vice-president of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, said strict restrictions on December 25 run “the risk of destroying all hope”.
The Scottish Government has said it is not possible to predict what level the virus will be at by Christmas, adding the more compliance there is with the virus now, the more likely the prevalence will reduce and restrictions will be lifted.
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