There have been no further deaths from the pandemic recorded in West Dunbartonshire for the first week since the coronavirus hit the area.

The total number of lives lost to Covid-19 remained at 122 between June 15 and 21, with no fatalities registered with the National Records of Scotland (NRS)

Weekly figures are released based on registered death certificates citing Covid-19.

Across Scotland, there were 49 fatalities from the pandemic registered between June 15 and 21, the lowest weekly total since mid-March.

Nationally, 41 per cent of the deaths occurred in care homes, though the numbers fell for the eighth week.

The NRS said the number of "excess deaths" between March 16 and June 21 stood at 4,917.

That figure is calculated by taking the total number of deaths registered, minus the average number of deaths in the same period.

By comparison, fatalities in care homes was 72 per cent above average while hospital deaths were just two per cent above average. Both figures have fluctuated throughout the lockdown period.

Nicola Sturgeon said that, despite the positive trends in the virus in recent weeks, it is still expected to "pose a real and significant threat for some time to come".

She added: "We must keep working to drive it down further, towards the point of elimination - because that then gives us the best chance of keeping it under control through testing, surveillance, contact tracing and the application of targeted suppression measures when necessary.

"The prize if we succeed is getting greater normality back in our lives, maybe more quickly than we would have envisaged a few weeks ago, and without reversals back into blanket lockdown."