A TOTAL of four COVID-19 deaths were recorded in Fife in the last two weeks.

The data from the National Records of Scotland (NRS) shows that between December 20 and January 2, there were 97 deaths registered across Scotland that mentioned COVID-19 on the death certificate.

The number of deaths for the week between December 20 and 26 was 53 while 44 deaths were registered in the following week from December 27 to January 2.

The most recent figures take the total number in Fife to 658 since the start of the pandemic, with 348 recorded in 2021.

Last week, 21 of the 44 deaths registered in Scotland were male while 23 were female. A total of 14 deaths were aged under 65, six were aged 65-74 and there were 24 deaths in people aged 75 or over.

The City of Edinburgh Council and Glasgow City Council had the highest numbers of deaths at council level with six in each area. In total, 21 out of 32 council areas had at least one death last week.

Pete Whitehouse, Director of Statistical Services, said: “Death registrations at this time of year are affected by public holidays. As a result the number of registered deaths is likely to be artificially low. We will have a more complete picture in the coming weeks.”