Coronavirus: Scottish deaths fall to ‘lowest level’ of pandemic
Deaths linked to coronavirus in Scotland have fallen to the lowest level since the start of the pandemic, with just six registered last week.
New figures from the National Records of Scotland showed the number of deaths falling for the twelfth week in a row.
In the week to Sunday 19 July, the virus was mentioned on six death certificates.
At the peak of the outbreak in April, more than 600 deaths were being logged each week with links to Covid-19.
The NRS said there had been a "significant decline" in the number of deaths, which were now at "the lowest weekly total since the pandemic began".
The latest report said the virus had been registered as a confirmed or suspected cause on 4,193 death certificates.
At her daily coronavirus briefing, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the weekly total of deaths was "the lowest we have seen since we started to record them".
She said: "Today's report shows once again that Covid-19 has been driven, as of now, to very low levels in Scotland.
"But the figures also remind us that more than 4,000 people have lost their lives to this virus, and we must always remember that each of those deaths was of a unique and irreplaceable individual."
Ms Sturgeon also warned that an outbreak in North Lanarkshire was "a clear reminder that Covid has not gone away", and that "it does not take much for a small number of cases to become a much bigger number".
She added: "While public health teams are working incredibly hard to contain outbreaks, it is not just their job – each and every one of us has a part to play in keeping this virus at bay."
Deaths linked to Covid-19 accounted for less than 1% of deaths recorded by NRS last week, down from a peak of 36% in late April.
However the total number of deaths registered has risen back above the five-year average, by 32 "excess" deaths, after several weeks of below-average figures.
Ms Sturgeon said the government would be "looking to see if there are any particular causes of concRead More – Source[contf] [contfnew]