DEATHS involving COVID-19 increased by six in Fife last week.

Latest figures from National Records of Scotland (NRS) shows that between September 20-26, a total of six people sadly passed away in Fife with coronavirus mentioned on the death certificate.

It is one less than the previous week, when seven deaths were recorded.

The recent figure takes the total of deaths in Fife to 542 since the start of the pandemic, with 232 recorded in 2021.

In the latest week of NRS data (September 20-26), there were 165 deaths across Scotland, an increase of 30 deaths from the previous week.

Of deaths involving COVID-19 in the latest week: 76 were male, 89 were female.

A total of 28 deaths were aged under 65, 28 were aged 65-74 and there were 109 deaths in people aged 75 or over.

Glasgow City (23 deaths), South Lanarkshire (14 deaths) and Renfrewshire (11 deaths) had the highest numbers of deaths at council level. In total, 27 (out of 32) council areas had at least one death last week.

A total of 124 deaths were in hospitals, 21 were in care homes, and 20 were at home or in a non-institutional setting.