Covid-related deaths in Scotland climbed last week to their highest level since March after the deaths of 47 people were recorded where Covid was mentioned on the death certificate, 16 more than the previous week.
National Records of Scotland data showed that in the week ending 18 July, 11 deaths involving Covid were registered in Glasgow, six in Edinburgh and five in Dundee. Another 19 council areas recorded one death. Of those, 38 deaths occurred in hospitals and four in care homes; 11 people were under 65.
While the overall number of Covid infections in Scotland has fallen markedly in recent days, the data confirms an upward trend in fatalities after record numbers of people were infected with the much more infectious Delta variant.
In mid-May, only one or two deaths a week were recorded. There were 452 deaths registered in one week mid-January, at the peak of the second wave of the pandemic.
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