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We reported yesterday (Sunday January 23) on a dramatic drop in Intensive Care Units numbers for those suffering from Covid-19 on Saturday January 22. 

However, these figures - reported by Public Health Scotland - were wrong. 

They said yesterday afternoon: "Please note that on Saturday 22 January we incorrectly reported that there were 16 patients in ICU with recently confirmed COVID-19 – we should have reported that there were 42 patients in ICU with recently confirmed COVID-19, and we apologise for this error."

The latest Scottish Summary - for Sunday 23 January 2022 - states:

  • 6,329 new cases of COVID-19 reported. 
  • 4 new reported deaths of people who have tested positive (noting that Register Offices are now generally closed at weekends)
  • 1,441 people were in hospital yesterday with recently confirmed COVID-19
  • 41 people were in intensive care yesterday with recently confirmed COVID-19
  • 4,405,821 people have received the first dose of the Covid vaccination
  • 4,105,220 have received their second dose
  • 3,252,819 have received a third dose or booster

PHS added: "NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde did not submit data in time for this update; figures from Friday have been carried forward for this Board."

Meanwhile the latest update from NHS Western Isles said 18 cases had been found: 14 in Lewis, 1 in Benbecula and 3 in South Uist.

NHSWI have a drop-in clinic today in Western Isles Hospital for COVID booster, 1st and 2nd doses and flu: 9am - 4pm.

Meanwhile final restrictions put in place in response to the Omicron variant sweeping across Scotland are eased today.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced last week nightclubs would be able to reopen, while the caps on indoor events, table service requirements for venues selling alcohol and social distancing are removed.

The measures were put in place in December – along with a maximum capacity in outdoor events of 500, which was eased last Monday - as the new variant caused a spike in cases eventually peaking at more than 20,000 in the first days of 2022.

However, infections started to dip faster than expected, never reaching the worst case scenario the Scottish Government envisaged as possible – with earlier projections suggesting 50,000 people could be infected daily with the new variant.

Requirements for face coverings and self-isolation will remain for the foreseeable future.