There has been a further death from the coronavirus of a West Dunbartonshire resident in hospital in the past week.

Weekly data from the National Records of Scotland (NRS) showed the total number of fatalities rose to 60 while those in care homes remained at 59 and those at home was stable at five.

The total number of death certificates listing suspected or confirmed Covid-19 is now 124 in West Dunbartonshire.

The Scottish total rose by 17 to 4,173 in the week up to July 5. Previous published figures were amended to reflect additional registered deaths.

NRS analysis shows that people from the South Asian ethnic group were almost twice as likely to die with coronavirus than white people.

They differ from the lab-confirmed coronavirus deaths announced daily by the Scottish Government because they include suspected or probable cases of Covid-19.

A total of 2,490 patients have died in Scotland after testing positive for coronavirus, up by one from 2,489 on Tuesday, Nicola Sturgeon said.

The figures are lower than the 4,173 deaths given earlier by the National Records of Scotland as they do not include suspected and probable coronavirus infections.

At Wednesday's government briefing, Scottish Health Secretary Jeane Freeman announced the easing of measures on those who were forced to shield because of a pre-existing medical condition.

Initially, the Scottish Government asked people to shield until July 31 but stated that there would be periodical easing of restrictions throughout July.

From Friday, those who are shielding will no longer require to distance themselves from those they live with.

Those in single parent households or who live on their own will also be able to form an extended household group in the same way as the rest of the population can, including being able to visit someone in their home or stay overnight without having to socially distance.

Ms Freeman also said that those who are in this category will also be able to book holiday accommodation or go to a second home, provided these do not have shared facilities with other households.

However, the Health Secretary "strongly advised" that this is only done with people in the same household or as part of an extended household.

The Scottish Health Secretary also said that those who are shielding will be able to meet up with people from two households outdoors, in the same way as the rest of the population, as well as go inside to use the toilet.

Letters will be sent to people in the shielding category from Thursday, Ms Freeman said.