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Covid-19 deaths in Scotland increase by 70

By Chris Saunderson

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ANOTHER 70 people in Scotland have died from Covid-19 overnight.

Nicola Sturgeon
Nicola Sturgeon

The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon revealed the rise in a press conference this afternoon.

That takes the total number of deaths to 366.

In addition, 1771 people are being treated in hospital for the virus, with 210 of them in intensive care.

There have been 4565 positive tests in Scotland, including 112 in the Highlands and 210 in Grampian.

The figures for Covid-19 deaths now include all deaths where the virus is believed to have been a contributory factor but there has been no positive test.

Ms Sturgeon said she was "acutely aware" that every death was more than a statistic and she expressed her sympathy to the families, friends and loved ones of those who have lost their lives.

The First Minister also announced a £5 million fund for colleges and universities to help out students in hardship.

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