Almost one thousand people in Scotland tested positive for coronavirus this week – the highest weekly increase in cases since May.
994 people tested have now tested positive for the disease in the last seven days – almost double the 507 new cases in the week before.
By comparison, the number of new cases in a weekly period fell to just 50 in the first seven days of July, but have increased nearly every week.
The last time weekly cases exceeded the current total was May 17, although there have been changes to the Government ‘s reporting of figures since then, including incorporating the results of home testing kits from July.
Confirmed coronavirus cases have risen by 141 in the past 24 hours, according to the Scottish Government, but no new deaths have been recorded.
The number of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 now stands at 21,189 and the number of infected patients who have died remains at 2,496.
According to the Government’s latest figures, 68 of the positive tests were from the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde later confirmed its Test and Protect team is carrying out Covid-19 contact tracing in four new schools after positive cases were confirmed.
The health board said there is “currently no evidence of internal transmission within the schools” which are Dalmarnock and St Martha’s primary schools and Govan High School, all in Glasgow, and Mossvale Primary in Paisley, Renfrewshire.
NHS Lanarkshire has recorded another 20 cases – an increase on the 16 announced on Friday when it warned the region was close to having to reintroduce restrictions, similar to those imposed on other parts of western Scotland.
NHS Grampian, where the Aberdeen bar cluster was identified last month, has recorded an increase of just two new cases.
A total of seven cases have been discovered in Ayrshire and Arran, 14 in the Forth Valley, six in the Highlands, eight in Tayside and 14 by NHS Lothian.
A single new case was identified by both NHS Borders and NHS Dumfries and Galloway.
The number of tests carried out fell to 15,618, the lowest total since August 24, according to the latest Government figures.
As of Friday night, two people were in intensive care with coronavirus and a further 251 infected people were in hospital, although that figure includes patients who may not be receiving treatment for the disease.