Scotland has recorded nine deaths of coronavirus patients in the past 24 hours, Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

This takes the death toll under this measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – to 2,594.

Speaking during the Scottish Government’s daily briefing, the First Minister said 1,196 people have tested positive in the past 24 hours.

This is 16.9% of newly-tested individuals, down from 17.6% on Thursday.

She said 45,232 people have now tested positive for the virus, up from 44,036 the day before.

Of the new cases, 416 are in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 309 in Lanarkshire, 161 in Lothian, and 104 in Ayrshire and Arran.

There are 629 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus, up by 27 in 24 hours.

Of these patients, 58 were in intensive care, up by six.

Meanwhile, the First Minister thanked teachers, school staff, pupils and parents for their handling of the virus in recent months.

She added that it was a “real achievement” that schooling has largely returned to normal in this academic year.

She said: “We must not lose sight of what you have achieved during this first half-term.

“It is down to your efforts and your ability to adapt in extremely difficult circumstances that schools have been able to return.

“As a result, the vast majority of pupils are now able to have the classroom and wider school experience that was lost back in the spring.

“I don’t think we should underestimate that – it is a real achievement that young people have been able to have that normal school experience for the last number of weeks that they lost out on for much of this year.”

The Frist Minister also announced that Italy, Vatican City and San Marino were added to the quarantine list for those travelling to Scotland on Thursday night.

From 4am on Sunday, anyone entering Scotland from these three countries should self-isolate for 14 days.

She added: “These changes are just an example of how quickly levels of the virus in any country or area here at home and of course overseas can change.”

All of the Greek islands except from Mykonos have also been removed from the quarantine list.

And two new walk-in testing centres will open on Friday and Saturday in Scotland.

The First Minister announced the new facilities, which will add to seven other such sites across the country, most of which are intended to allow students to get tested.

However, the centres, opening today in Dundee city centre and tomorrow in the Sighthill area of Edinburgh, would also be available to non-students.