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Two deaths from Covid-19 in the Highland area in the last week as Scotland's overall death toll continues to fall

By Scott Maclennan

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

A total of 113 people have died in the NHS Highland area from either confirmed or suspected Covid-19 – an increase of two from a week ago.

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

Within the NHS Highland area, since the outbreak began, 37 of the total number of deaths have occurred in care homes, with 15 occurring at home and 61 in hospital.

The smaller Highland Council area accounted for both the newly reported deaths in the seven day counting period up to Sunday, bringing the total to 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, reaching 4000 exactly.

This is up from 3911 registered seven days ago, though the rate of increase has fallen for a sixth week in a row.

In a more detailed breakdown of the national numbers, 1861 people died in care homes, 278 people died at home, 1854 died in hospital and seven elsewhere.

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