A TOTAL of 9347 people have died in Scotland with confirmed or suspected coronavirus, according to the National Records of Scotland (NRS).

The figures show 290 deaths relating to Covid-19 were registered between February 15 and 21, down 35 on the previous week.

Of these, the majority happened in hospital at 235, with 34 in care homes and 20 at home or in a non-institutional setting and one in another institution.

The statistics are published weekly and cover all deaths registered in Scotland where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

They differ from the lab-confirmed coronavirus deaths announced daily by the Scottish Government because the NRS figures include suspected or probable cases of Covid-19.

Speaking at today's daily coronavirus briefing, Nicola Sturgeon revealed that there had been 798 new positive cases since yesterday, representing 3.9% of all tests carried out.

That brings the overall number of confirmed cases to 199,637.

The First Minister added that 1018 people are currently in hospital, 58 fewer than yesterday, and 93 people are in intensive care, which is the same as yesterday. 

There have also been an additional 47 deaths since yesterday.

That brings the total number of deaths of people who had tested positive for Covid in the previous 28 days to 7053.