The coronavirus death toll in Ayrshire has dropped by 66 per cent compared to the previous week, latest government figures have shown.

Weekly figures, released this afternoon, show that, as of May 31, the total number of deaths from the coronavirus stood at 276.

The weekly death toll in Ayrshire, between 25th and 31st May, shows that 14 people lost their lives- compared to 21 the previous week, representing a big reduction in the number of fatalities.

Over the same reporting period, six people in South Ayrshire lost their lives as a result of the virus.

Two people died in care homes and four others passed away in hospital.

In East Ayrshire, one person died in hospital, while other died in a care home.

North Ayrshire’s figures show that three people died in care homes, two in hospital and one in a home setting.

Combined, the tragic death toll for the reporting  week stands at 14 for the region.

That figure is, however, well down  in the previous figure of 21 and the lowest it has been in the last five weeks.

Figures also show that in all locations combined, 105 people in South Ayrshire  died of the coronavirus, 70 in East Ayrshire and 101 in North Ayrshire, bringing the tragic toll to 276.

At a national level,  3,911 deaths have been registered in Scotland where the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was mentioned on the death certificate, according to statistics published by National Records of Scotland (NRS).

Between 25th and 31st May, 131 deaths relating to COVID-19 have been registered, a decrease of 99 from the previous week, 18th to 24th May.

Deaths involving COVID-19 as a proportion of all deaths has now fallen to 12% in week 22, having reached 36% in week 17.

This is the fifth weekly reduction in a row of deaths involving COVID-19.

Pete Whitehouse, director of Statistical Services, said: “Every death from this virus is a tragedy.

“These statistics, alongside the other important evidence being made available by the Scottish Government and Health Protection Scotland (HPS), are valuable to the understanding of the progress and impact of the COVID-19 virus across Scotland.

“Across Scotland the number of COVID-19 related deaths registered in the week ending 31st May was 131 – the lowest weekly total since late March.

“Our aim is to ensure that our statistical publication provides information that is as useful as possible and adds value to the understanding of how the virus is spreading throughout the country.  We will continue to review and develop these statistics as new information is made available.”

Updated figures will be made public at 12noon next Wednesday.