It’s bad news all round if you’re a Herald reporter.
Hospital admissions fell for the second day, down from 2 053 on the 22nd January to 2 011 in the last 24 hours.
ICU bed occupancy also fell for the second time from 161 to 157.
Almost certainly triggering these falls, new cases reduced for the 17th day in a row, from 2 649 on 7th January to 1 195 in the last 24 hours. The fall may be accelerating in the last three days, falling from 1 591 to 1 195.
There were 30 004 new cases across the UK, nearly 3 times the infection rate in Scotland.