EIGHT further deaths linked to coronavirus were recorded in Scotland last week, it has been confirmed.

It means a total of 4201 people have died in Scotland with confirmed or suspected Covid-19, according to the National Records of Scotland (NRS).

Eight deaths relating to Covid-19 were registered between July 20 and July 26, an increase of two on the previous week.

This is the second lowest weekly total for deaths involving Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic.

The statistics are published weekly and account for 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 they include suspected or probable cases of Covid-19.

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