The latest figures on deaths related to Covid-19 in Argyll and Bute have been released.

Official statistics show that between Monday, July 12 and Sunday, July 18, 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 middle of March across Argyll and Bute.

It means that the number of people who have died from Covid in the local authority in 2021 remains at 20.

The total number of Covid-related deaths recorded in the area is 106 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 115 confirmed positive Covid tests in Argyll and Bute in the seven days to July 17, a seven-day rate per 100,000 population of 133.9, down from the previous week.

Nationally, Scotland has recorded 47 coronavirus-related deaths in the past week.

It means that as of Sunday, 10,268 deaths have now been registered in Scotland with Covid-19 mentioned on the death certificate.

There were 11 deaths in Glasgow, six in Edinburgh and five in Dundee.

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.