One in 13 people across the UK are currently infected with Covid, according to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The latest figures mean that some 4.9million people across the UK have coronavirus at the moment – the highest number seen since ONS began collecting data.
This week’s numbers are up around 600,000 from last week’s 4.3million cases.
The ONS survey, which tests thousands of people randomly in households across the UK whether they have symptoms or not, is thought to give the most accurate reflection of what is happening with the virus across the community.
The record figures come as a further 41 Covid-related deaths were recorded in Scotland yesterday, according to Public Health Scotland.
How many cases of Covid were reported in Scotland?
Yesterday, the Scottish Government confirmed that a further 6,935 cases of Covid were recorded throughout the country.
It means that a total of 1,800,581 cases of the virus have been recorded in Scotland since records began.
However, these numbers are an underestimation as those without symptoms are no longer taking PCR tests with many taking lateral flow tests at home instead.
Those using lateral flow tests do not always register their result online which means that the data does not include these positive cases.
How many people are in hospital with Covid in Scotland?
As of yesterday, there are 2,383 people receiving hospital treatment for coronavirus across Scotland – an increase of 231, according to Public Health Scotland data.
There are 22 people in intensive case with recently confirmed Covid, according to Scottish Government data.
How many people have had their vaccine in Scotland?
According to Public Health Scotland, 4,355,289 people in Scotland have received their first dose of a Covid vaccination.
A total of 4,093,341 have also received their second dose with 3,451,586 having had their third dose or booster jab, according to the data.
Area of Scotland with the highest Covid positivity rate
Based on a seven-day positivity rate between March 23 and March 29, Na h-Eileanan Siar – the Western Isles – has the highest level of Covid infections per 100,000 population.
According to Public Health Scotland, the area currently has a 2,501.9 per 100,000 population positivity rate.
South Ayrshire has the second highest positivity rate, with 1,504.4 per 100,000 population.
Third is Shetland, followed by North Ayrshire and then Falkirk, with 1,469.2, 1,410.1 and 1,388.3 positive cases per 100,000 population respectively.
The Orkney Islands currently have the lowest level of Covid infections with a rate of 736.6 per 100,000 population.
You can see a breakdown of every local authority area on the Public Health Scotland dashboard, here.
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