One person has died from Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, the Scottish Government has confirmed.

The latest figures for Scotland also showed that 237 new virus cases had been identified overnight.

It brings the death toll since last March – of people who first tested positive for the coronavirus within the previous 28 days – to 7,637.

There are currently 115 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus with 16 being treated in intensive care.

The total number of positive cases since the pandemic hit stands at 222,897.

To date 2,708,691 people have received their first vaccination with 661,975 having a second jab.

The figures come as Scots will be able to travel across the country for exercise and to meet family from tomorrow.

Meeting people outdoors is "very safe" with little chance of coronavirus being spread, a scientific adviser to the Scottish Government has said.

Scots will also be able to meet up outdoors in groups of six from up to six different households.

But there remains a widespread assumption among some people that meetings outdoors still pose a threat of spreading covid.

Nicola Sturgeon also announced that from April 26 travel between Scotland and England and Wales will be lifted following positive news about suppression of the virus.

On Tuesday the First Minister said the country could be down to Level 0 by late June and all restrictions lifted by the end of the summer – but she failed to mention football specifically, further heightening fears our game will remain locked out.

We told how Scottish football chiefs are ready to demand crisis talks with the Scottish Government over fears season ticket sales will be crippled by coronavirus.

Nicola Sturgeon has already given the go-ahead for Hampden to house around 12,000 fans at all its scheduled Euro 2020 games this summer.

Leading officials at Scotland’s top clubs are now desperate to build on that in the face of worries they won’t be able to shift season books.