There is no reason to believe the Brazilian variant of Covid-19 - identified in three tests in Scotland - is in wider circulation in the community, the Health Secretary said.

Jeane Freeman said that Test and Protect measures have been put in place to track down any contacts of the three people.

She said: "There is no reason to believe the variant is in circulation in Scotland. We are doing all we can to identify and break any chains of transmission."

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Gregor Smith, Chief Medical Officer, said enhanced contract tracing was underway, tracing the contacts, and contacts of contacts and all passengers on the flight from London to Aberdeen the three people travelled on early last month.

He said the three did not have symptoms when they travelled but during the isolation period they sought testing after they showed symptoms.

He said: "There is no evidence to suggest there are any other cases at this time."

The latest statistics showed there were 386 new positive cases recorded which was 4.5%% of all tests, taking the total to 202,470.

Of the total, 123 were in Greater Glasgow and Clyde and 51 in Lanarkshire.

There were 824  people in hospital, down by 13, and 71 patients in intensive care, down by 7.

No deaths were registered of a person who tested positive for covid-19 in the previous 28 days. There had been 20 deaths since Friday, taking the total to 7131.