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Scottish Government confirms two deaths and 2,556 Covid cases in last 24 hours

Scottish Government confirms two deaths and 2,556 Covid cases in last 24 hours

The latest Scottish Government 's figures reveal that two people have died from coronavirus in the last 24 hours.

A total of 2,556 new cases have been identified overnight, brining the total number of positive cases since the pandemic started to 550,090.

The death toll since last March – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – now stands at 8,514.

There are currently 1,004 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus with 78 being treated in intensive care.

To date 4,176,832 people have received their first vaccination with 3,827,110 having a second jab.

Scottish Government confirms two deaths and 2,556 Covid cases in last 24 hours

The figures come as scientists revealed the one symptom that can help you tell the difference between coronavirus and a common cold.

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Experts have warned of a crossover of symptoms, making it difficult to tell the difference between the two illnesses.

Symptoms of the virus are now almost the same as a regular cold - especially for people who have been double jabbed - including a runny nose, sore throat and sneezing.

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New research from the ZOE Covid Symptom study, developed by King's College London, found that there's one symptom that can help tell the difference.

Data shows that loss of smell (anosmia) or loss of taste is still one of the most important predictors of testing positive for coronavirus rather than a regular cold.