Another 740 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Scotland

The number of tests returning a positive result has continued to increase, rising to 12.3% from 8.4% the day before.

Only 6,793 new tests for COVID-19 reported results. 

On December 25, more than 30,000 tests reported results of which only 4.3% were positive.

The Scottish Government has limited the data published over holiday weekends to the number of cases and the positivity rate. 

Figures show 1,008 people were in hospital on 23 December with recently confirmed COVID-19; of these 56 were in intensive care.

Hospitalisation figures for the weekend will be announced on Tuesday. 

Level four restrictions started across mainland Scotland yesterday, with all non-essential retail, pubs, restaurants and gyms closing. 

It comes in an effort to prevent the spread of a highly-transmissible variant of Covid-19 discovered in London.