No new coronavirus deaths recorded in Renfrewshire for third week in a row

There have been no new coronavirus deaths recorded in Renfrewshire for three consecutive weeks.

New figures, released today, show there have been no further deaths linked to the virus since the week of July 6.

A total of 206 people have died from Covid-19 since March 16, making Renfrewshire the sixth worse-hit local authority in Scotland.

The county recorded its highest ever number of deaths in a single week on April 29 with a total of 40.

It has now been 23 days since any deaths were recorded in Renfrewshire.

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The new figures, released by te National Records of Scotland, come as Nicola Sturgeon announced a possible cluster of Covid-19 cases in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area.

A total of 14 new cases have been reported and Nicola Sturgeon said NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde was investigating whether the cases were linked, with contact tracing also under way.

The First Minister said: “The health board breakdown of these new cases will be available later but my provisional information is that 14 of the 22 are in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area.

“I’ve also been advised that a possible cluster of cases is currently under investigation by Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

“An incident management meeting will take place later this afternoon which I hope will give more detail and an update will be provided after that.

“But I want to give an assurance today as I always do that all new positive cases are thoroughly investigated for any links, and Test and Protect of course gets to work to make sure that all contacts are appropriately traced.”

Daily Record – Paisley