More than 100 people have died after contracting coronavirus across Tayside and Fife alone, according to new figures.
Data collected by the National Records of Scotland (NRS) has revealed that the number of fatalities as a result of confirmed or suspected cases of Covid-19 is 962 as of April 12 – with a quarter of these in care homes.
The figures show that 55 deaths were in Tayside and 46 in Fife; bringing the tally for the local area up to 101.
The NRS introduced a new recording method last week which includes all cases where Covid-19 is mentioned in a person’s death certificate.
Previously, daily figures produced by Health Protection Scotland (HPS) have so far included only individuals who have died within 28 days of testing positive for the virus.
From Tuesday into Wednesday, a further 390 positive Covid-19 cases were confirmed in Scotland bringing the total to 6748.
Within the same timescale a further 84 confirmed Scottish coronavirus deaths were registered.
Speaking about the weekly NRS figures at a daily briefing on Wednesday morning, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “I am acutely aware that this information is really hard to hear. It is also very hard to report on.
“These numbers are higher than anybody would ever want to think about but we do need this fuller information to understand the toll that this virus is having, how and where the virus is progressing, and also to inform what we do next.