Coronavirus cases in Scotland continue to rise with 244 overnight

Daily coronavirus cases in Scotland have hit a four-month high for the second day in a row, the latest Scottish Government figures show.

A total of 244 people have tested positive for the virus in the past 24 hours – the highest daily figure since May 6 and up on the 221 recorded on Saturday.

This is 3.7% of newly-tested individuals.

Since the start of the pandemic, 22,679 people have been infected with Covid-19 in Scotland and 2,499 have died with the virus.

Writing on Twitter, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Today’s case report underlines the need for all of us to be careful and abide by public health rules.”

She urged the pubic to follow new restrictions which limit gatherings to six people from two households.

Scotland currently has additional restrictions in place in several areas with a large number of coronavirus cases.

People living in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, East Dunbartonshire and West Dunbartonshire are restricted from visiting other households.

A total of 104 of Sunday’s cases were in the Glasgow health board area, 62 were in Lanarkshire, and 25 were in Lothian.

There are 259 people in hospitals across Scotland confirmed to have the virus, down by two in 24 hours, with seven of these patients in intensive care, down one.