The UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced that 91 per cent of the new covid cases identified in the UK are from the so-called Indian variant.

Speaking earlier today he said cases continue to rise across the country and it was down to the Delta variant.

He said: "The assessment that I saw from last night is that the Delta variant now comprises 91 per cent of new cases in the UK."

Over the last 24-hour period a total of 735 people in Scotland have tested positive for the deadly virus.

Sadly one person has passed away in that same time period which brings the total death toll up to 7,679 since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

It comes as the Scottish Government looks to extend the emergency covid powers in Scotland until 2022 which has caused outrage among some MSPs.

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Monkeypox outbreak found in UK as cases under investigation

The UK is now dealing with a small outbreak of monkeypox, the Health Secretary Matt Hancock told MPs today.

Two members of the same household are being closely monitored after the virus was identified in North Wales.

It is understood that one of the patients contracted the virus overseas, before passing it to someone they live with.

Read the full story here

Humza Yousaf concerned about 'tight' supply of Pfizer vaccine

Humza Yousaf has written to the UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock asking him to take urgent action over "tight" Pfizer jab supplies in Scotland.

The new Scottish Health Secretary said some "outstanding" work has been carried out across the UK in delivering the vaccine programme since it got under way just over six months ago.

However, he said the recent decision by the JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation) to use the Oxford Astrazeneca jab for only over 40s was hindering the race to vaccinate the entire adult population by the end of July.

Yousaf said the four nations of the UK must do "everything in our power to accelerate our efforts to vaccinate as many people as possible".

Read Humza Yousaf's letter to matt Hancock in full here

New variant responsible for 91% of new cases

Matt Hancock giving evidence to the Science and Technology Committee and Health and Social Care Committee (Image: PA)

Matt Hancock has announce that 91 per cent of the new coronavirus cases across the United Kingdom are from the so-called Indian variant.

Speaking at the joint committee of Health and Social Care and Science and Technology the UK Heath Secretary said cases continued to rise due to the new strain which originated in India.

During the hearing he was asked what the latest assessment was on how many of the new cases were linked to the variant which has now been renamed by the World Health Organisation as the Delta variant.

READ MORE: Covid Delta variant responsible for 91% of new cases across the UK

Dundee has highest covid rate

Dundee currently has the highest rate of Covid-19 in Scotland, with a seven-day rate per 100,000 of the population of 247.1.

It is followed by Clackmannanshire, South Ayrshire and Edinburgh.

The rate in Glasgow now stands at 164.6, with 1,042 cases recorded over the seven days to June 7, the highest in Scotland by that measure.

But Edinburgh has overtaken the city in daily cases, reporting 142 on Thursday to Glasgow's 117.

Across Scotland, there were 124 people in hospital on Wednesday with recently confirmed Covid-19, up three on the previous day, with 14 patients in intensive care, no change.

The statistics also show that 3,441,217 people have received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine and 2,345,181 have had their second.

700 new cases identified

Over the last 24 hours more than 700 coronavirus cases have been identified.

Since the start of the pandemic in March last year a total of 243,610 Scots have returned positive tests, which is up by 735 on yesterday.

Sadly in the last 24 hours one person has passed away after testing positive for Covid-19.

There have been 7,679 Scots who have died of coronavirus since March 2020.

Government spending £6.7m per week on PPE

The Government is currently spending around £6.7 million per week to store the UK's stock of personal protective equipment (PPE), a senior Whitehall official has told MPs.

Sir Chris Wormald, permanent secretary to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), said that the UK is currently holding around 12.6 billion items of PPE, such as masks, gloves and aprons.

He told the Commons Public Accounts Committee that this is more than what has been delivered to the front line in the pandemic so far, with a further 8.4 billion items on order and yet to arrive in the UK.

DHSC's top civil servant defended the costs, telling the committee that this was better than the alternative of not having enough PPE for NHS staff, while the cost of storing the items has fallen.

Covid numbers rise in England

A total of 25,091 people tested positive for Covid-19 in England at least once in the week to June 2, up 45% on the previous week, according to the latest Test and Trace figures.

It is the highest number of people testing positive since the week to March 31.

Hancock denies lying to Boris Johnson on pandemic

Matt Hancock has denied lying to Boris Johnson at any point during the pandemic, telling MPs he has always been driven to behave with "honesty and integrity".

The Health Secretary was questioned over allegations made by the Prime Minister's former aide Dominic Cummings to the Health and Social Care Committee and Science and Technology Committee.

Asked by science committee chairman Greg Clark if he ever said anything to the Prime Minister he knew was untrue, Hancock replied: "No."

He said he has always answered "questions - both in public and in private - to the best of my ability".

Regarding Cummings's claims that he told Mr Johnson in March 2020 that people being discharged to care homes would be tested, Hancock said: "We set out a policy that people would be tested when tests were available and then I set about building the testing capacity to be able to deliver on that."

Earlier, Clark said the committee had not received any written evidence from Cummings to back up his claims or any explanation as to why it had not been provided.

Sturgeon urged to help prevent 'vaccine apartheid'

Nicola Sturgeon has been urged to help prevent a "vaccine apartheid" opening up between richer and poorer nations around the world.

Big name charities are calling on both the First Minister and the Scottish Parliament to put pressure on Boris Johnson ahead of the G7 summit, which gets under way tomorrow.

The global event, which takes place in Cornwall, will bring together the leaders of seven highly-developed nations, including US President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

READ MORE: Nicola Sturgeon urged to help end covid vaccine 'apartheid' between rich and poor nations

Fan zone boss 'not nervous' that covid could spread

The boss of the controversial Euro 2020 fan zone in Glasgow has insisted he’s “not nervous” that Covid could spread there.

Billy Garrett, director of sport and events for Glasgow Life, claimed ­safeguards and restricted numbers will mean there is very low risk of infection at Glasgow Green.

And he said he was confident there was no risk of drunken disorder like that seen as Rangers fans celebrated their title win last month.

READ MORE: Glasgow Euro 2020 fan zone boss 'not nervous' that Covid could spread there

Hello and welcome

Good morning and welcome to the Daily Record live coronavirus blog on Thursday, June 10.

Throughout the course of the day we'll be bringing you all the latest on the pandemic in Scotland and from acoss the UK.

Yesterday saw a big rise in covid-19 cases identified in Scotland with 1,011 people testing positive over the last 24-hour period.

That was the biggest increase in cases in a single day since February 17 and 316 more than the previous day.

One good bit of news was that the test positivity rate - the percentage of tests returning a positive result - was 3%, down from 5% on Tuesday.