The number of positive coronavirus cases in Scotland has passed 60,000, Nicola Sturgeon has announced.
She said 28 coronavirus deaths and 1,202 positive tests have been recorded in the past 24 hours.
The First Minster gave the latest Covid-19 figures as the Scottish Government prepares to reveal how a new tiered system of restrictions to tackle the virus will apply across the country.
Decisions on which levels will apply to each region will be announced on Thursday.
Speaking at the daily briefing in Edinburgh on Wednesday, Ms Sturgeon said work to finalise decisions will take place “over the course of today and this evening”.
Figures from the National Records of Scotland – which record all deaths registered in Scotland when Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate – show the number of fatalities stands at 4,482, up 106 on the previous week’s figures.
Ms Sturgeon said: “The position we are in right now is really tough and everyone is thoroughly sick of it.
“That has been the case for some time but as the nights get darker and we head into winter, and as our attention and thoughts turn to Christmas, I think that feeling becomes a heavier one for all of us.”
Speaking about the pandemic, she said: “We will get through it, I think that is the one thing we can be reasonably certain of.
“But the journey through it is, and will continue to be, really difficult for people.”
On Tuesday, MSPs approved the Scottish Government’s plans for a five-tier system – with Levels 0-4 – of coronavirus restrictions.
The First Minister previously said North and South Lanarkshire are being considered for the highest level of coronavirus restrictions, with the potential for travel restrictions and the closure of all non-essential shops and all hospitality.