ANOTHER life has been lost to Covid-19 in East Renfrewshire.

Latest figures released by National Records of Scotland (NRS), covering the week ending June 12, reveal the total number of fatalities in the area since the pandemic began more than two years ago has risen to 292.

North Lanarkshire and Perth and Kinross were the two council areas to suffer the heaviest losses last week, with four fatalities in each, while three deaths were recorded in Renfrewshire.

Across Scotland as a whole, 21 of the 32 council areas had at least one fatality involving Covid as the death toll rose by 38, pushing the overall total up to 14,858.

Of the 38 deaths recorded last week, 25 involved people aged 75 or older, 11 were 65 to 74 and two were under 65.

The majority of fatalities (32) took place in hospitals, with five in care homes and one at home or a non-institutional setting.

The figures differ from the lab-confirmed coronavirus deaths issued twice a week by Public Health Scotland, as the NRS statistics include suspected or probable cases of Covid.