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Grantown cases spark largest daily increase in Highland coronavirus reports since June

By Philip Murray

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Coronavirus news.
Coronavirus news.

SIX new cases of Covid-19 have been recorded across the NHS Highland area in the past 24 hours – its single biggest daily rise in more than two months.

The increase – which takes the cumulative number of Highland cases since the start of the pandemic to 417 – came as a small cluster of five infections was reported in Grantown on Tuesday.

The last time NHS Highland recorded a bigger daily increase in cases was on June 15, when the health board area saw its cumulative total jump by 32 after historic data from the UK government testing programme was added to the official figure. Prior to that date, only those tests done locally through NHS labs were included in the total.

Nationally, there were 154 new cases confirmed across Scotland in the past 24 hours.

There were also increases in the number of hospitalised patients – up six to 264 – and the number of those in intensive care, which rose to six.

There have now been 20,632 confirmed cases of the virus across Scotland since the start of the pandemic.

Elsewhere in the north of Scotland, the health boards for Orkney (17), Shetland (56) and the Western Isles (seven), all posted unchanged coronavirus totals overnight.

NHS Grampian recorded two new positive tests in the past 24 hours, taking its total to 1939, and NHS Tayside added 10 additional cases to its cumulative tally, which now stands at 2143.

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