Nicola Sturgeon confirmed new data on the number of positive coronavirus cases in Scotland resulted in an increase of total cases to 18,030. The official number of cases as of Sunday past the border had been 15,755. In her daily update, the First Minister said: “Up until now we’ve only been able to publish testing results that come from NHS Scotland laboratories.
“We’ve been able to report the total number of tests carried out by facilities run by the UK Government, for example, the drive-through centres and mobile testing units, but we’ve not yet been able to publish the breakdown of positive and negative results.
“Though I should say for the avoidance of doubt, the individuals tested have been notified directly of their results.
“Public Health Scotland has been working with the UK Government to rectify this issue and from today we are able to provide daily figures for all tests in Scotland.”
Ms Sturgeon continued: “For example, we see that of those people tested in the 24 hours up to eight o’clock this morning, 29 positive cases were confirmed.
“Of those 29 cases, nine were from tests conducted at UK Government facilities and 20 were from NHS Scotland facilities.
“So, in total there have been 18,030 confirmed positive cases in Scotland since the beginning of this outbreak.”
The inclusion of data from UK Government-run facilities means Scotland recorded an increase of 2,275 positive cases in the past 24 hours.
Ms Sturgeon also announced no new coronavirus deaths have been reported in Scotland in the last 24 hours, the third time the figure has remained the same since lockdown began.
As of Monday afternoon, there are 870 people in hospital with confirmed or suspected Covid-19, a decrease of 94.
Of these patients, 18 were in intensive care, an increase of three.