Another 25 people have died, bringing the UK’s coronavirus death toll to 43,575.
The figure covers fatalities across all settings including hospitals, care homes and the wider community.
Since Covid-19 broke out in the UK, a total of 311,965 have tested positive for the virus. As of 9am today there have been 9,290,215 tests, of which 93,881 were carried out yesterday.
There have been no new coronavirus deaths in Scotland for the fourth day running.
Speaking at the Scottish Government’s coronavirus briefing, Nicola Sturgeon said: ‘Of course, two of these days have been weekends and we know that registration can be artificially low at weekends, and we may see more deaths registered later this week.
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‘But there’s no doubt that these recent figures demonstrate beyond any doubt how much progress Scotland has made in tackling Covid and that is down to the efforts and sacrifices of everyone across the country.
‘I want again to say a heartfelt thank you to all of you for that.’
It comes as the worldwide death toll hit 500,000, with more than 10 million confirmed cases, according to Johns Hopkins University researchers.
The global death toll currently stands at 501,893. Around one in four of those fatalities have occurred in the US, with the death toll surpassing 125,000.
Brazil has the second highest toll with more than 57,000 deaths, while the UK is in third place.
Several countries have had to reimpose restrictions in certain regions after seeing a spike in cases.
Leicester could remain with its current lockdown restrictions for another two weeks, despite the hospitality and tourism industry set to reopen on July 4 across England.
It could become the first English region to be locked down locally, after 866 Covid-19 cases were reported in the last two weeks.
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