Monday, December 05, 2022

Scottish Government confirms 26 deaths and 12,602 Covid cases in last 24 hours

The Scottish Government has confirmed that 26 people have died from coronavirus in the last 24 hours.

The latest figures for Scotland showed that 12,602 new cases had also been identified overnight.

It brings the death toll since last March – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – to 9,905.

There are currently 1,323 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus with 48 being treated in intensive care.

The total number of positive cases recorded in Scotland since the pandemic started stands at 1,025,063.

To date 4,388,543 people have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination with 4,037,434 having a second jab and 3,063,000 having had a third dose or booster.

The Latest Coronavirus Statistics Have Been Published
The latest coronavirus statistics have been published

The figures come as Scotland’s health service prepares to declare a ‘major incident’ due to the continuing spread of the Omicron variant.

Military personnel have already arrived to support NHS staff in NHS Grampian, NHS Ayrshire and Arran and NHS Lanarkshire as the variant forces huge numbers of staff to self-isolate.

They are expected to be deployed as healthcare support workers and nurses in the emergency and intensive care departments.

The personnel have joined 221 members of the Armed Forces who have been supporting the vaccine program across Scotland, with 96 driving ambulances in support of the Scottish Ambulance service.

Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said: “I’m grateful to military personnel for their efforts at this time, along with all frontline staff in our NHS for the vital role they play in helping keeping us safe.”

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