Latest data shows no new confirmed cases of coronavirus across north and north-east but a rise in the national total.
The number of people diagnosed with Covid-19 has temporary halted across the region as totals remain the same for a second day.
In Grampian, 1,412 cases have been recorded since the pandemic first began and confirmed cases in the Highlands have reached 373. On Orkney, there have been nine cases, seven in the Western isles and 54 on Shetland.
As of midnight, 49 people are being treated for the disease in hospitals across the north and north-east.
As of 2pm today 233,535 people in Scotland have been tested for #coronavirus
215,365 confirmed negative
2,472 patients who tested positive have sadly died.
— Scottish Government (@scotgov) June 22, 2020
Today’s update from the Scottish Government revealed there have been 14 new positive cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, taking the country’s total to 18,170.
A total of 233, 535 people in Scotland have been tested through NHS Scotland labs and drive-through centres to date. Of these, 215,365 were confirmed negative.
The latest update also showed the country’s death toll remains at 2,472 after no deaths were recorded since Friday last week.
Of the people who have tested positive, 515 were in hospital last night and nine of whom were in intensive care. There are a further six people in intensive care with suspected Covid-19.
More lockdown measures to be eased
Speaking at her daily briefing in Edinburgh, Nicola Sturgeon said Scotland continued to make good progress in tackling coronavirus, adding she intended to set out more indicative dates when lockdown measures could be eased later in the week
But she also stressed the need not to be complacent in dealing with Covid-19.
The First Minister said: “The virus hasn’t gone away, there are already countries – China and Germany for example – that are right now dealing with spikes in cases as a result of significant outbreaks. And health officials in South Korea have said they think the country is now experiencing a second wave.
“I know that when numbers of cases and deaths here are continuing to fall it is very tempting for all of us to think it is all over and we should just now quickly get back to normal.
“We are trying to get back to normal and we want to do that as quickly as possible, but let me reiterate my strong view that acting recklessly now would be a serious mistake.”
She added: “We must continue to be cautious and all of us must continue to adhere strictly to the public health advice. That will help us continue progress and avoid a resurgence of the virus now.
“But it will also hopefully put us in a much stronger position ahead of the winter months to come.”