More than 350 people are now in Lanarkshire’s hospitals with coronavirus.

Figures published by the Scottish Government revealed that, at midnight, 351 patients in the county’s hospitals had tested positive for Covid-19.

In the last week, the number of Covid-19 patients in Lanarkshire’s hospitals has increased by 20 per cent, however, there are 16 less patients in hospital today than there were yesterday when a record 367 people had tested positive for coronavirus.

Despite the decrease, today’s figures still represent the second-highest daily figure for Covid-19 patients in the region’s hospitals.

Covid-19 patients in intensive care units across the region has also increased by 12 per cent over the past week to 18, but that was down by two from yesterday.

Last week, NHS Lanarkshire cancelled a number of planned operations and out-patient appointments after it was revealed 288 patients were being treated for coronavirus.

With hospitals running at 96 per cent capacity, the health board have had to free up beds to make room for the influx of Covid patients, which topped 300 for the first time last week.

Rates of transmission have increased following a slight easing in restrictions over Christmas but fell back below 2000 last week.

The health board had feared the number of people in hospital with coronavirus could double in the space of a week and Judith Park, director of acute services for NHS Lanarkshire, warned: “The current pandemic has had an additional impact on our services. The hospitals are full and the numbers of Covid-19 admissions are increasing.”

Following a spike in Covid cases in December, University Hospital Wishaw was forced to step up cleaning measures and closed wards to new patients.

Across Scotland, 1989 patients were in hospital with coronavirus - 150 of which were in intensive care.