Nicola Sturgeon said 18,580 people have tested positive for the virus in Scotland, up by 22 from 18,558 the day before. She said 14 of these new cases were in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area with a possible cluster under investigation. There are 260 people in hospital with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, a decrease of four in 24 hours.
Ms Sturgeon said: “I’ve been advised that a possible cluster of cases is currently under investigation by Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
“An incident management team meeting will take place later this afternoon which I hope will give more detail and an update will be provided after that.
“But I want to give an assurance today that all new positive cases are thoroughly investigated for any links and test and protect gets to work to make sure all contacts are appropriately traced.”
Scotland has recorded an increase in the number of coronavirus deaths registered during the last week – but the figure has remained in single digits.
Between July 20 and 26, there were eight instances when Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, according to figures from the National Records of Scotland (NRS).
Six deaths last week marked the lowest number since the week beginning March 16, when 11 such deaths were registered.
The rise comes after 13 consecutive weeks of the figures falling, with the overall death toll in Scotland as of July 26 at 4,201.
They differ from the lab-confirmed coronavirus deaths announced daily by the Scottish Government using Health Protection Scotland (HPS) figures because they include suspected or probable cases of COVID-19.
Pete Whitehouse, NRS director of statistical services, said: “Today’s figures show eight more deaths due to COVID-19, a figure similar to last week and one which is significantly lower than the peak week in mid-April when 661 COVID-19 related deaths were registered.”
As of Wednesday, no deaths related to coronavirus have been announced in the daily update for 13 days.
In that measurement 2,491 patients have died in Scotland after testing positive for the virus.