FIFE recorded more Covid-related deaths than anywhere else in Scotland last week.

A total of 15 people sadly passed away across the Kingdom with Covid-19 (coronavirus) mentioned on the death certificate as a 'suspected' or 'probable' cause.

The number of deaths between November 8 and 14 in the council and NHS health board area is a rise of nine from the previous week when six were confirmed.

The most recent figure takes the total number in Fife to 621 since the start of the pandemic, with 311 recorded in 2021.

The statistics from National Records of Scotland (NRS) revealed that there were 115 deaths in Scotland during the last seven-day period, with Fife's total the highest in the country ahead of Glasgow (14) and South Lanarkshire (8).

Pete Whitehouse, Director of Statistical Services, said: "The number of registered COVID-19 deaths has fallen to the lowest number since early September. The next couple of weeks will provide valuable evidence on whether the latest fall is the start of a sustained decline or a continuation of the recent fluctuations.  

“Our analysis shows that there continues to be an increased risk of dying with COVID-19 amongst people living in Scotland’s most deprived areas and that deaths of people with a Pakistani, Chinese, Indian or Other Asian ethnicity are more likely to involve COVID-19 than those of people with a White Scottish ethnicity.”

In total, 25 (out of 32) council areas had at least one death last week.

Of deaths involving COVID-19, 58 were male and 57 were female. A total of 102 deaths were in hospitals, four were in care homes and nine were at home or in a non-institutional setting.

NRS figures include deaths where ‘suspected’ or ‘probable’ COVID-19 appears on the death certificate.