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Covid cases in Scotland hospital at lowest rate since last summer
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A Scottish public health expert said that Covid-19 hospital cases have fallen to their lowest rate since last summer.

Prof Linda Bauld said to BBC Scotland that daily hospital cases with the virus had dropped to less than 50, the first time the figure has dropped so low in almost a year.

She said there were about 650 people in hospital with the virus, compared with more than 2,000 last month, adding that the R number was now between 0.7 and 0.9.

However, the Scottish government adviser stressed that the virus had not gone away and there was still potential for new variants to emerge.

The Omicron variant, which spread aggressively during the winter, caused a surge in cases in Scotland - Pixabay

Prof Bauld said: "We're not saying that everything's over because we may see new variants, and we may see surges in infection again, but we do seem to be in a much more stable situation."

She added that the Omicron variant, which spread aggressively during the winter, caused a surge in cases.

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When asked if holidays during the summer could change the Covid-19 landscape in Scotland, Prof Bauld said travel was "less of a concern than it was".

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