Scotland has recorded 22 new cases of coronavirus in a day, according to the latest Scottish Government statistics.
A total of 18,520 people have now tested positive for the virus north of the border, after two cases previously classified as positive were reclassed as negative.
The number of new cases is up two from Thursday’s total of 20 new cases.
No deaths of people who tested positive for Covid-19 have been recorded for eight consecutive days, meaning the toll remains at 2,491 under that measure.
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The total confirmed as positive has increased 20 to 18,520
The number of deaths of patients who tested positive remains at 2,491
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Explaining the latest figures, the Scottish Government reported 22 new cases on Friday but said because two previous positive cases are now classified as negative, “as such there is a net increase of 20 positive cases”.
The percentage of daily tests returning positive results remains at 0.4%, the figures indicate, no change from Thursday.
A total of 278 people were in hospital on Thursday with confirmed Covid-19 and of these two were in intensive care.
The figures are published as lockdown is further eased for people who are in the shielding category and classed as being particularly vulnerable to the virus.
They are now able to meet up to eight people from two different households indoors, as well as with four other households outdoors.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Thursday shielding will be able to be “paused” from August 1, with those in the category able to follow the guidance for those who are at higher risk from the virus, such as the elderly.