Seven people from across the north and north-east have died from Covid in the last 24 hours, today’s figures show.
Three people in the Highlands, one in the Western Isles, two in Moray and one in Aberdeenshire have died, out of a total of 23 across Scotland.
Positive cases in Grampian increased from 999 yesterday to 1,076 today.
Highland recorded 365 which is a small increase of four since yesterday.
Shetland recorded 30 while Orkney had 17 and the Western Isles had 12 new cases.
In total, Scotland recorded 8,022 new cases.
Hospitalisations and Vaccinations
There has been a drop in people currently in hospital with Covid-19 from 1,435 yesterday to 1,392 today.
Thirty-four people are currently in intensive care.
Vaccinations continue to provide a high level of protection against the Omicron variant.
A total of 4,406,999 people have received their first dose of a vaccination while 4,112,264 have received their second dose
A further 3,263,981 have received a third dose or booster shot.
New guidance from the Scottish Government
Speaking to parliament on January 25, First Minister Nicola Sturgoen announced changes to guidance around working from home.
Instead of asking people to work from home the government are now prompting businesses to implement a hybrid working system from January 31.
However, Ms Sturgeon does not expect all office workers to return to the office next week saying that given that infection levels are still high this would be “counter-productive” and will “set progress back”.
Another change announced was to scrap face masks for adults who are attending indoor organised events where children under the age of five are partcipating.
Ms Sturgeon also announced that full-vaccinated passangers arriving in Scotland will no longer have to take a Covid test as of February 11. Passengers will still have to fill-out a passenger locator form.
However. those who are not fully-vaccinated will have to get tested before they travel and after they arrive in Scotland.