Coronavirus deaths in Scotland are at their lowest weekly figure since the pandemic began, according to latest figures.
Between July 13 and 19, there were six deaths where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, the lowest rate since the week beginning March 16, when 11 such deaths were registered.
It also marks the 12th weekly reduction in a row, the figures from National Records of Scotland (NRS) show.
As at July 19, the overall coronavirus death toll for Scotland stood at 4,193, with six deaths in the week to Sunday, down from 13 deaths the previous week.
Deaths involving Covid-19 accounted for less than 1% of all deaths registered between July 13 and 19, down from the peak in week 17 – April 20 to 26 – when Covid-19 deaths accounted for 36% of the total.
Half of the deaths in the week to July 19 were in care homes, down from 54% the previous week, while the other half were in hospital, up from 38% the week before.
The NRS figures are published weekly and account for all fatalities registered in Scotland when Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate.
Today’s publication shows a continuing decline in the number of people dying from Covid-19Pete Whitehouse, NRS
They differ from the lab-confirmed coronavirus deaths announced daily by the Scottish Government using Health Protection Scotland (HPS) figures because they include suspected or probable cases of Covid-19.
Pete Whitehouse, NRS director of statistical services, said: “Today’s publication shows a continuing decline in the number of people dying from Covid-19.
“Since the peak week in mid-April, when 661 Covid-19 related deaths were registered, the number of these deaths has thankfully declined for 12 consecutive weeks to six in the latest week.
“National Records of Scotland will continue to work with Scottish Government and Health Protection Scotland (HPS) to monitor and understand the progress and impact of this virus across the country.”
#NRSStats show as of 19 June a total of 4,193 deaths have been registered in #Scotland where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, 6 deaths were registered between 13th - 19th July representing 12th weekly reduction in a row â more here 👇https://t.co/Ku0qgjLAn2 pic.twitter.com/eChZhzr5io— NatRecordsScot (@NatRecordsScot) July 22, 2020
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told the Scottish Government’s coronavirus briefing on Tuesday that 10 people in Scotland had tested positive for the virus in the past day, taking the total to 18,484.
She said of all those tested on Tuesday, just 0.3% were confirmed as having Covid-19 – well below the 5% of tests returning as positive that the World Health Organisation deems to be sign an epidemic is under control.
No deaths of people who tested positive for the virus were recorded for the sixth consecutive day, meaning the toll remains at 2,491, she added.
There were 295 people in hospital with confirmed Covid-19 in hospital, down eight in 24 hours.
Of these, three were in intensive care, down one from the previous day.