A further 2,177 positive cases of coronavirus have been found in Scotland over the last 24 hours.

The Scottish Government published the latest figures on Sunday and said that no new deaths had been recorded.

A total of 709 remain in hospital with recently confirmed Covid-19 as 55 patients require intensive care treatment.

Meanwhile, 4,344,98 Scots have received their first dose of the vaccine while 3,946,514 are now double jabbed.

A total of 1,629,572 have been given their booster injection in a bid to protect them.

The latest figures follow the announcement that self-isolation and close contacts rules are changing for those exposed to the Omicron variant of the bug.

Anyone who has been in close contact with anyone suspected of having the mutant strain will be required to quarantine for 10 days - regardless of their vaccination status.

Two people infected with the worrying new strain were identified in England on Saturday sparking a change in the rules.

Scottish Health Secretary Humza Yousaf made a subsequent announcement on changes taking place in Scotland.

He said: “No cases have yet been detected in Scotland, but the fact this new variant is on our doorstep is clearly a worry and we should act as though it is already here.

“There is still much to learn about the Omicron variant. Questions remain about its severity, transmissibility and effect on treatments or vaccines and scientists are working at pace to provide additional information.

"Until more is known we must adopt the precautionary principle and do everything we can to minimise the risk of spreading infection."

Yousaf reminded Scots to wear a face covering on public transport and in all indoor settings for food and retail to stop the spread.

He also reiterated opening windows while hosting visitors, washing hands regularly and thoroughly, and working from home.

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