The number of people dying from coronavirus in West Dunbartonshire has more than halved from last week, according to data from the National Records of Scotland published earlier today.

The data showed that between February 8-14, two people in West Dunbartonshire died where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

That is more than half the figure of last week, when five people were reported to have died.

In total, 9,053 deaths have been registered in Scotland where coronavirus was mentioned on the death certificate, according to the statistics.

In the week 8-14 February, 323 deaths were registered that mentioned COVID-19 on the death certificate, this is a decrease of 54 deaths from the previous week.

Over 80 per cent of deaths this week occurred in hospital, representing 266 deaths.

Care home deaths have fallen to a level last seen around the end of October.

READ MORE: West Dunbartonshire has the second worst Covid infection rate in Scotland, new figures show

For the first time since November, deaths of those aged 85 and over are now lower than deaths among 75-84 year olds.

This news comes as West Dunbartonshire jumped towards the top of Scotland's Covid-19 infection table.

The latest rate of cases per 100,000 people has West Dunbartonshire second only to East Ayrshire - and the rate in that area has been significantly affected by an outbreak at Kilmarnock prison, where more than 300 inmates and staff have tested positive.

There were 202 positive cases in West Dunbartonshire the seven days up to February 13 - a rate of 227.1 cases per 100,000 people.