East Renfrewshire has recorded a second consecutive week without any deaths from Covid-19, latest figures show.

According to the National Records of Scotland (NRS), the total number of fatalities in the area since the pandemic began more than a year ago remains at 226.

East Renfrewshire had previously gone three months without a Covid death until the week ending June 27, when one fatality was recorded.

A total of 17 out of Scotland's 32 council areas had Covid deaths last week.

Edinburgh was worst hit, with five deaths, while four lives were lost in both Glasgow and South Lanarkshire.

The figures include all fatalities registered where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate and, as this includes suspected or probable cases, it differs from the lab-confirmed coronavirus deaths announced daily by the Scottish Government.

Across Scotland as a whole, the death toll increased by 30 in the week ending July 11 and now stands at 10,220.

Pete Whitehouse, director of statistical services at NRS, said: “Five of the Covid-related deaths last week were aged under 65, four were aged 65 to 74 and there were 21 deaths amongst people aged 75 or over.

"Nine were female and 21 were male.

"After adjusting for age, Covid-related death rates for males are significantly higher than for females. In the period from March 2020 to June 2021, Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificates of 176 males per 100,000 population, compared to 121 females per 100,000."