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Scotland recorded highest daily death toll by Covid in more than four months despite the number of cases continuing to decline.
The deaths of 22 people who tested positive in the past 28 days have been recorded duringthe last 24 hours.
Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the figure reminded of the "toll" the virus could take.
Another 1,825 people have tested positive, continuing a downward trend, and the number of hospitals has also fallen.
A total of 7,842 people have died within 28 days of testing positive, which is one of the many ways to measure Covid-related deaths.
Ms Sturgeon tweeted: "22 more deaths remind us that the virus can be costly - my condolences go out to those who are in mourning " La Hfrance.fr is not responsible for the content of ex sitesdull. See original tweet on Twitter
The Prime Minister also pointed out that there were encouraging signs in the latest figures, with cases continuing to drop and the percentage of tests returning positive at 6%.
She urged people to help keep cases "on a downward trajectory " by getting vaccinated, obeying restrictions still in place and following advice from 'hygiene.
A total of 488 people were hospitalized on Wednesday with recently confirmed Covid-19, down 41 the day before, with 58 patients in intensive care, up from seven.