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No new Highland deaths from Covid-19 recorded for a second week in a row


By Scott Maclennan

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National Records of Scotland Covid-19 death toll.
National Records of Scotland Covid-19 death toll.

There have been no new deaths registered in the NHS Highland area from either confirmed or suspected Covid-19 for the second week in a row.

That means the current death toll remains at 113.

It is the first time this has happened since the first fatalities emerged in the health board area on March 23.

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

A total of 113 coronavirus deaths have been registered in the NHS Highland region, with 37 deaths in care homes, 15 at home and 61 in hospital.

In the smaller Highland Council area the death toll remains at 49.

Fourteen of those deaths were in care homes with seven at home and 28 in hospital.

The NHS Highland area includes Argyll and Bute Council and Highland Council areas and has a combined population of around 320,000.

The Highland Council area has approximately 235,000 residents.

Scotland as a whole has seen a rise in the total number of Covid-19 deaths of just 49 bringing the total to 4119.

That is up from 4070 registered seven days ago, though the rate of increase has fallen for the eighth week in a row.

In a more detailed breakdown of the national numbers, 1917 people died in care homes, 286 people died at home, 1909 died in hospital and seven elsewhere.

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