ANOTHER death from Covid-19 has been recorded in East Renfrewshire.

Latest figures from the National Records of Scotland, covering the week ending September 12, show the total number of fatalities in the area since the pandemic began 18 months ago has increased to 232.

It is the second consecutive week that East Renfrewshire has recorded a death from the virus, having previously gone a fortnight without any fatalities.

A total of 26 of Scotland's 32 council areas recorded Covid fatalities last week.

Glasgow and East Lanarkshire were worst hit, both of which had six fatalities, followed by South Lanarkshire, where there were seven deaths, and Dundee, which had six fatalities.

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 76 last week to a new total of 10,688.

Of the 76 deaths recorded, 12 involved people aged under 65, 13 were aged 65 to 74 and there were 51 deaths of people aged 75 or over.

A total of 48 fatalities were male, while 28 were female.

Pete Whitehouse, director of statistical services at NRS, said: "Today’s NRS figures show that there were 76 deaths in Scotland last week where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, an increase of 18 deaths on the previous week.”

"Between March 2020 and August 2021, 93 per cent of people who died with Covid had at least one pre-existing condition, the most common condition being dementia or Alzheimer’s disease."