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Covid cases in Scotland jump by almost a third in one week

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New figures show that Covid-19 cases in Scotland have risen by almost a third in a single week. According to Public Health Scotland (PHS), 15,541 cases were reported in the week to June 19.This figure is up 30.5% from the previous week when cases were at 11,909.

These growing numbers are reportedly due to several new sub-variants of the Omicron strain, which have caused UK cases to hit one million.Data also shows that hospital admissions with Covid increased, jumping to 696 in the week ending June 14, rising 15.2% than the week before.In the seven days to June 19, 20 people were admitted to intensive care units, which was one more than the previous seven-day period.It comes as the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) elevated the classification of Omicron BA.4 and Omicron BA.5 to the status of "variants of concern" on the basis of observed growth.Did you know you can keep up to date with the latest news by signing up to our daily newsletter?We send a morning and lunchtime newsletter covering the latest headlines every day.We also send coronavirus updates at 5pm on weekdays, and a round up of the week's must-read stories on Sunday afternoons.Signing up is simple, easy and free.You can pop your email address into the sign up box above, hit Subscribe and we'll do the rest.Alternatively, you can sign up and check out the rest of our newsletters here.

PHS said it "continues to monitor Covid-19 variants of concern, in collaboration with other public health agencies in the UK".

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