Covid cases in Scotland have roughly doubled every week since restrictions eased, leading to an increase in hospital admissions. More than 500 people with Covid-19 are in hospital and case numbers hit a record high at the weekend. According to the latest WHO figures, Lanarkshire and Glasgow’s health board areas had Europe’s highest case rates. National clinical director Prof Jason Leitch said the NHS was stretched and elective surgeries could be delayed. Scotland wanted “to get on top” of the virus and may need a “reverse gear” on some restrictions, he told the BBC. On Sunday 7,113 positive tests were recorded compared with fewer than 1,500 on 9 August, when most of the Covid restrictions in Scotland were lifted. Physical distancing rules and the limits on gatherings were removed, and all venues were allowed to reopen.