FIFE recorded the highest coronavirus-related death rate in Scotland last week.

A total of eight people passed away in the Kingdom with COVID-19 mentioned on their death certificates, while seven were registered in Aberdeen City, and five in South Lanarkshire.

Figures released by National Records of Scotland (NRS) reveal that there were 47 deaths across Scotland, with 19 out of 32 council areas reporting at least one.

Of these, 43 were in hospitals, three were in care homes, and one was at home or in a non-institutional setting.

From the 21 women and 26 men who died, 36 were aged 75 or older, nine were aged between 65 and 74, and two were under 65.

As of November 13, 16,052 deaths have been registered in Scotland where the virus has been mentioned on the death certificate since the beginning of the pandemic.

Monthly analysis shows that the the age-standardised rate of COVID-related deaths was slightly higher in October (41 per 100,000) compared to September (37 per 100,000).

Throughout the pandemic, the highest rate of COVID-related deaths was 585 per 100,000 people in April 2020.

Pete Whitehouse, Director of Statistical Services, said: "The latest figures show that last week there were 47 deaths where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

"This is one more than in the previous week.

"People living in the most deprived areas were 2.4 times as likely to die with COVID-19 as those in the least deprived areas.

"The size of this gap slowly widened over the period of the pandemic but has narrowed since January 2022, when the gap was 2.5.

"The number of deaths from all causes registered in Scotland in this week was 1,219, which is 52, or 4%, more than the five year average."

There have been nine deaths in Scotland in which the underlying cause of death was due to the adverse effects of vaccination against COVID-19, and four further deaths where an adverse effect was mentioned on the death certificate, the same as the figure reported last month.