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Scottish Government announces one further Covid death in Tayside

The Scottish Government has confirmed there was one additional coronavirus death reported in Tayside in the last 24 hours.

Data from Public Health Scotland also shows that 261 new cases were recorded overnight in the region.

The area’s death toll – composed of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – now sits at 745.

And in total, Tayside has recorded 51,045 cases of Covid-19 since the pandemic began.

The latest local vaccination data shows that 90% of the over-12 population have received at least one coronavirus vaccination, and 82% have received at least two.

Around 38.2% have also received a third vaccination.

Across the country, 3,080 new positive cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in the last day – a total of 712,474 since the pandemic began.

Sadly a further nine Covid-confirmed deaths have also been recorded, putting the country’s overall death toll from the virus at 9,504.

A further eight people have been admitted to intensive care.

Meanwhile, 4,336,583 over-12s – 90.7% of the adult population – have received at least one Covid jab while 3,941,706 (82.4%) have received two.

A total of 1,502,266 people (31.4%) have also received follow-up booster shots.

The latest figures come after Nicola Sturgeon announced changes to the Covid vaccine passport scheme during a speech at Holyrood on Tuesday.

Since last month, Scots have been required to show evidence they have had at least two doses of the coronavirus vaccine to gain entry into a number of ‘high risk’ venues or events.

These include large events such as concerts, football matches and nightclubs.

It had been expected that the scheme would be extended to the likes of cinemas, theatres and hospitality venues.

But new rules mean Scots will be allowed to enter venues already covered by the scheme by showing a recent negative lateral flow test result, regardless of vaccination status.

Evidence of both jabs will still be accepted by door staff from this point.

Ms Sturgeon hopes that the move will encourage people to use lateral flow tests more often to stop hospitals from being overwhelmed during the winter months.

Scots have also been urged to take the rapid tests before socialising with friends and family over the festive period.

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