OVER 12,000 new cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in Scotland in the last 24 hours, according to the latest figures. 

The Scottish Government confirmed 12,602 people have reported positive test results for Covid-19 since Friday.

This is a decrease from yesterday's figure of 14,486 new cases. 

A further 57,907 new tests for Covid-19 were conducted that reported results. Of these, 25.1% were positive. 

This is an increase from Friday's positivity rate of 21.7%.

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In the last 24 hours, 26 deaths have been recorded bringing the death toll in Scotland under the daily measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – to 9,931. 

There were 1,362 people in hospital yesterday with recently confirmed Covid-19, with 48 patients in intensive care. 

So far, a total of 4,390,076 people have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccination, 4,041,550 have received their second dose, and 3,082,231 have received a third dose or booster. 

The Scottish Government notes, "there continues to be large volumes of tests being processed by labs; this and the holiday weekend have impacted turnaround times resulting in delays between specimens being taken and results being received and reported." 

Public Health Scotland continues to monitor the situation.