Scotland has recorded the highest daily total of coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, new figures have shown.
A total of 558 people tested positive across the country in the past 24 hours.
The latest update from the Scottish Government shows the new cases represent 9.5% of newly-tested individuals.
There are 12 new cases in the NHS Grampian region, bringing the cumulative total to 2,171.
A total of 89 people are in hospital across the country having recently tested positive for the virus – and 11 of those are receiving treatment in intensive care units.
Data on the number of new deaths related to coronavirus in the past 24 hours is not yet available. To date, there have been 2,510 deaths related to the virus.
Ms Sturgeon said: “I am so sorry, so heart sorry, that this time of your lives is being made as tough as it is just now – I really feel for you, but I feel especially for those of you starting university for the first time and, of course, living alone for the first time.
“This is an exciting time in your lives but I remember from my own experience… that it’s also a time of adjustment and it’s also a time of home sickness as well, and that’s the case for students every year without Covid-19 but it is much more difficult given the circumstances you are all facing right now.”
She said some students feel they are being blamed for the spread of Covid-19 but “that is not the case”.
“It’s not your fault”, she added.