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A surge in coronavirus cases in Scotland has driven the UK’s total to its biggest rise in eight weeks – as new infections north of the border hit 123, its highest daily total in three months.
The Scottish total spiked by 57 per cent from yesterday’s total of 71, and experts have blamed an outbreak at the 2 Sisters meat processing plant in Coupar Angus.
In the UK, there were 1,288 new cases today, compared with 1,077 last Saturday.
Some 18 more people have died from the disease across all settings – including care homes, hospitals and the wider community – bring the UK’s total death toll to 41,423.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon described the large number of cases as being ‘of concern’.
Today has brought the biggest rise in cases for a Saturday since June 20, when 1,295 people were diagnosed with Covid-19. On that day, 71 people died after testing positive.
Britain’s total caseload during the pandemic has hit 324,601.
Meanwhile, Scotland today recorded its highest daily rise in coronavirus cases in three months after 123 new diagnoses were reported – up from 71 yesterday.
Some 78 of those deaths were reported in NHS Tayside – the biggest increase in a single health board.
The Coupar Angus food processing plant – which has been connected to a 68 case-spike – is covered by this area.
Ms Sturgeon said the rise must be seen in the context of the food plant’s coronavirus cluster.
Scotland reported no new deaths. Wales reported 34 new cases and one further deaths.
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