THE latest figures showing the number of deaths from Covid-19 in West Dunbartonshire have been released.

The data showed that between March 29 and April 4, there were three deaths in the area in which Covid was mentioned on the death certificate.

The new figures show a rise of three from last week's figures, when there were no deaths relating to Covid, and means that 60 people have died from Covid in West Dunbartonshire this year.

However, the total number of Covid-related deaths recorded in West Dunbartonshire is 238 from when the pandemic began last March.

Figures from across the country as a whole reveal the lowest weekly death total for Scotland in six months.

A total of 38 deaths relating to Covid were registered across the country in the seven days to April 4 - down from 62 the previous week.

It's also the first time since early October that fewer than 50 Covid-related deaths have been registered in the whole of Scotland in a single week.

In total, 9,997 deaths have been registered in Scotland where coronavirus was mentioned on the death certificate, according to the statistics.

Of these registered this week, the majority happened in hospital at 29, with four in care homes and five at home or in a non-institutional setting.

The statistics are published weekly and cover all deaths registered in Scotland where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

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