Six Covid-19 linked deaths recorded in Scotland last week according to new NRS figures - the lowest weekly fatalities for 12 weeks

Covid-19 appeared on just six death certificates last week - the lowest weekly fatalities recorded since the pandemic started - according to the latest National Records of Scotland (NRS) figures.

Data published today by NRS revealed there have been 4,193 deaths registered in Scotland where coronavirus was listed as the confirmed or suspected cause up to July 19.

The latest figures also represent the 12th weekly reduction in a row and a decrease of seven deaths from the previous week.

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Scottish Government daily figures, which cover deaths where someone has tested positive for the virus, puts the death toll at 2,491 as of Wednesday with no confirmed Covid-19 deaths recorded in the past 24 hours.

Nicola Sturgeon

The figures come as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon delivered her coronavirus briefing today.

During her speech, she said the recent coronavirus outbreak at the Sitel call centre in North Lanarkshire was a "salutary reminder" of how virus transmission can occur in the workplace and why non-essential offices and call centres should remain closed until it is deemed safe to reopen them.

Fifteen workers at the Sitel call centre have tested positive for coronavirus and five further cases are family members.