Reporting system fails as totals continue to rise

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Public Health Scotland (PHS) was unable to provide the latest data on cases, deaths and vaccinations today which they say is due to a ‘technical glitch’.

With no statistics produced over the weekend now the norm, today’s failure heightens speculation about the national situation as cases reached unprecedented levels nationwide at the end of last week.

Scotland on Friday saw 14,387 positive cases of coronavirus recorded from PCR and LFD tests with the NHS Grampian tipping more than 1,550 in a single day.

1,805 people are known to have been in hospital with confirmed Covid-19 so far and Scotland’s record Covid rates are being driven by a new variant of Omicron, the chief medical officer has said.

Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland program, Professor Sir Gregor Smith said around 85 per cent of cases in Scotland would be the BA.2 variant which is more transmissible than the original BA.1 Omicron strain.

Covid restrictions, including ending the legal requirement to wear masks inside public buildings, are due to be lifted next Monday and an update to Holyrood is expected from the Prime Minister in the coming days.


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