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Second week in a row with no new coronavirus deaths in NHS Highland area

By Scott Maclennan

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THERE have been no new deaths from confirmed or suspected Covid-19 in the NHS Highland area for the second week in a row, weekly figures have revealed.

So far there has only been one death in the region since the start of the month.

That means the current coronavirus-related death toll in the health board area remains at 115.

Each Wednesday the National Records of Scotland (NRS) issues numbers of cases where Covid-19 has been mentioned on a death certificate.

The total number of NHS Highland deaths in care homes remains at 39, while there were 15 deaths at home and 61 in hospital.

Within the smaller Highland Council area the total death toll remains at 51, with 16 in care homes, seven at home and 28 in hospital.

Scotland as a whole has seen a rise in the total number of Covid-19 deaths of eight – up to compared to the previous week – bringing the total to 4201.

Though the Covid-19 death rate rose marginally it was the second lowest since the first death was recorded at the start of March.

Pete Whitehouse, director of statistical services at NRS, said: “Loss of life from this virus is tragic and every death represents loss and heartbreak for families throughout the country.

“Today’s figures show eight more deaths [in Scotland] due to Covid-19, a figure similar to last week and one which is significantly lower than the peak week in mid-April when 661 Covid-19-related deaths were registered.

“Monitoring the progress of this virus is important and National Records of Scotland will continue to work with Scottish Government and Health Protection Scotland to understand its impact in Scotland.”

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