TWO of the eight covid-related deaths recorded in Scotland in the past week were in Inverclyde.
Latest figures from the National Records of Scotland show that the districts death toll has risen to 118 — 66 of them were in hospital, 39 in care homes and 13 elsewhere.
The deaths are officially the first in which coronavirus was a factor for three weeks in Inverclyde.
In response, Inverclyde Council’s leader is calling on residents to continue to stick to pandemic guidance.
Councillor Stephen McCabe said: “With so many parts of the country starting to ease out of the lockdown it is truly heart-breaking to learn of a further two deaths in our area with eight in total across Scotland.
“Any increase in deaths to this awful virus is a tragedy for the families and friends of those involved and for our community.
“The national changes to put Spain back onto the travel restrictions this week and the local outbreaks happening across the country all show that this virus has not gone away.
“In Inverclyde we have, as a community, been affected by this to a greater extent than anywhere else in Scotland. The information published today by the National Records of Scotland is a stark reminder that we are still vulnerable to this.
“While it is a relief to so many that some of the lockdown restrictions are being eased or removed, we must not take our eye off the ball and remember that the health and social and physical distancing advice needs to be followed.”
Inverclyde’s Covid-19 death rate of 15 per 10,000 people isthe highest rate of in Scotland.
A reported commissioned through NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board concluded that the area had suffered an early outbreak of covid-19 but was inconclusive about the reason.
After the council contacted the cabinet secretary for health seeking further investigation into the reasons, Public Health Scotland has been asked to examine in detail the situation.