Glasgow has recorded almost 300 positive coronavirus within the past 24 hours. 

A total of 290 positive tests within the Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board region were recorded overnight - an increase of 40 from yesterday's figures. 

It comes as Scotland has recorded 44 further deaths from coronavirus and 880 positive tests in the past day. 

It brings the death toll under this measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – to 3,588.

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The figures are lower than the 5,380 deaths given earlier by the National Records of Scotland as they do not include suspected and probable coronavirus infections.

Neighbouring region Lanarkshire recorded 190 additional cases overnight.

Scotland-wide, there are 1,161 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus, a decrease of 36 in 24 hours.

Of these patients, 84 are in intensive care.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has urged caution over Christmas, despite the announcement of the easing of restrictions.

She said: “I want to stress today that just because we’re allowing people to form a bubble, does not mean that you have to do it.

“If you do choose to do it at all, you don’t have to do it to the maximum permitted.

“We are relying on people to make informed choices about whether or not to come together at all over the Christmas period.”