27 people have died from coronavirus in the last 24 hours, the Scottish Government has confirmed.
Jeane Freeman announced the latest figures for Scotland which showed that 581 new cases had been identified over night.
It brings the death toll since last March – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – to 7,111.
There are currently 924 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus with 80 being treated in intensive care.
The total number of positive cases since the pandemic hit stands at 200,987.
The figures come as Scots appear split on the idea of ‘vaccine passports’.
The idea would mean you would need to show you had been given a jab against coronavirus before being allowed into the likes of pubs.
Readers, such as Jamie Norman, do not think a vaccine passport is a good idea: “I feel as if that is a step too far. It’s an infringement of my basic human rights.”
Some are concerned that those who cannot take the vaccine, due to medical reasons, will miss out on ‘normal life’ if a vaccine passport is introduced.
The Queen made a rare intervention in the debate today.
Her Majesty urged anti-vaxxers to “think about other people rather than themselves” before revealing that her Covid-19 jab “didn’t hurt at all”.
The head of state spoke out in a bid to encourage uptake of the vaccine in a bid to beat coronavirus which she has likened to “the plague”.
The 94-year-old said she now feels “protected” after her and the Duke of Edinburgh, 99, received their inoculations in January.