Scotland recorded a rise in the number of deaths linked to Covid-19 in the country last week, according to the latest figures released.
In the week up to Sunday 51 deaths were recorded with coronavirus mentioned on the certificate.
That is ten more than the 41 recorded for the previous week according to figures released by the National Records of Scotland.
There was also an average of 1,148 patients in hospital in the week up to June 26, a jump of 32% from the seven days between June 12 and June 19.
However, the total number of positive cases recorded for the week has fallen, due in part to a technical issue with the processing.
The latest Public Health Scotland statistical report, published on Wednesday, showed that in the seven days to June 26 there were 14,500 Covid-19 cases recorded.
This was 6.6% down on the previous week, when 15,517 were reported.
However, the report said that PHS is aware that this week’s figures are likely to be an under-report and cover less than a seven-day period.
It stated: “This is due to a data processing issue since 9am on June 25 2022.”
PHS said that in the week ending June 26, there were on average 1,148 patients in hospital with Covid-19, which was almost a third (32%) up on the previous week, when there were 870.
Twelve people were admitted to intensive care units (ICU), nine down on the week ending June 19 when 21 people were admitted to ICU.
The data shows that on June 26 the total number of deaths recorded since the start of the pandemic in March 2020 had reached 14,953.