The latest figures on deaths related to Covid-19 in West Dunbartonshire have been released.

Official statistics show that between Monday, July 5 and Sunday, July 11, there were no further deaths in the area in which Covid was mentioned on the death certificate.

There has been only one life lost to Covid-19 since the start of May across West Dunbartonshire.

It means that the number of people who have died from Covid in West Dunbartonshire in 2021 remains at 66.

The total number of Covid-related deaths recorded in the area is 244 from when the pandemic began last March.

The mortality locally from the virus remains low despite its spread through the Delta variant. National Records for Scotland, which publishes the statistics, noted West Dunbartonshire, Glasgow, Renfrewshire and North Lanarkshire had seen the highest Covid-related death rates through the pandemic,.

Public Health Scotland says there were 340 confirmed positive Covid tests in West Dunbarton in the seven days to July 10, a seven-day rate per 100,000 population of 382.3, down from the previous week.

The more than 10,000 residents aged 65 to 74 have all had both vaccinations. More than 82 per cent of those aged 30-39 have had a first dose but only 30 per cent have their second. A total of 64 per cent of those aged 18 to 29 have had a first dose, but only 20 per cent a second.

Nationally, Scotland has recorded 30 coronavirus-related deaths in the past week.

It means that as of Sunday, 10,220 deaths have now been registered in Scotland with Covid-19 mentioned on the death certificate.

There were five deaths in Edinburgh and four in both Glasgow and South Lanarkshire.

The NRS statistics are published weekly and cover all deaths registered in Scotland where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

They differ from the lab-confirmed coronavirus deaths announced daily by the Scottish Government because the NRS figures include suspected or probable cases of Covid-19.

The latest weekly statistics come after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced Scotland will go ahead with plans to further ease coronavirus restrictions next week.

Level 0 measures mean that from Monday, up to eight people from up to four households can meet within homes, while outside up to 15 people from 15 households can get together either in private gardens or public places.

Up to 200 people will be able to attend weddings and funerals, but under new changes made by the Scottish Government in response to high numbers of Covid cases in recent weeks, hospitality venues will have to shut at midnight.