The Scottish Government has recorded more than 7,000 new coronavirus cases and 21 further deaths have been reported overnight.

According to the latest Scottish Government figures, 7,833 new cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in the past 24 hours.

This figure includes cases identified using either a first lateral flow device or PCR positive test.

Of the cases recorded, 4,469 of these cases were identified through a PCR positive test

Twenty-one deaths have been reported of someone who tested positive for the virus over the past 28 days.

The death toll therefore now stands  at 10,059 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Separate figures produced by National Records of Scotland (NRS) which record the number of deaths where Covid was mentioned on a death certificate, put the figure at 12,543 as of January 9.

NRS figures include deaths where “suspected” or “probable” Covid-19 appears on the death certificate.

A total of 46 people are currently being treated in intensive care with recently confirmed Covid-19, with 1,540 in hospital who had recently contracted the virus overall.

The total number of first vaccinations given is 4,397,912 while 4,064,533 people have now received a second dose.

3,184,700 have received a third dose or booster vaccine.