More than 300 people in the north-east have died because of Covid-19 according to the latest figures.
The data released by National Records of Scotland (NRS) show 306 deaths have been recorded in NHS Grampian’s area since the beginning of the pandemic.
This includes 158 in Aberdeen, 126 in Aberdeenshire and 22 in Moray and is an increase of 10 on the previous week.
According to NRS, this is the largest weekly increase in deaths in the north-east since May.
The NRS figures are different from those published daily by the Scottish Government as it includes all deaths where Covid-19, including suspected cases, is mentioned on a person’s death certificate.
The latest figures released by the NRS cover up to December 6, and link 5,868 deaths to the virus in Scotland.
Of those, 232 were in the last week – down 20 on the previous week
Over two-thirds of the deaths were people aged 75 and over.
Pete Whitehouse, director of statistical services, said: “Every death from this virus is a tragedy, and represents heartbreak for many families across the country.
“Today’s statistics show a slight decrease in the number of Covid-19 related deaths, although numbers have remained broadly similar for the last three weeks.“