A further 2,556 coronavirus cases have been recorded in Scotland in the last 24 hours.

Sunday's figure, as outlined by the Scottish Government, marks 8.9% of all tests.

In the same period, two deaths were confirmed.

As of midnight last night, 1,004 people were in hospital, with 78 in intensive care.

And as of 8.30am today, 4,176,832 people have received the first dose of the Covid vaccination and 3,827,110 have received their second dose.

In today's Herald on Sunday, health correspondent Helen McArdle looks to the downward trend in Covid cases, but asks: will it last?

She writes that, after peaking at an average of more than 6,400 cases per day on September 6, the number of infections being confirmed through testing has plunged by 47 per cent.

It is the first time in the course of the pandemic that a downturn has occurred while there is no physical distancing, no capacity limits on venues, and no businesses - such as gyms or pubs - banned from operating.

Read her full analysis here.