THE majority of deaths linked to coronavirus in Clackmannanshire have occurred in care homes.

Data published by National Records of Scotland reveal 35 people had died with Covid-19 in the Wee County as of May 10.

Of those 35 deaths, 26 occurred in care homes, eight in hospital, and one at a home or other non-institutional setting.

The equates to 74 per cent of all deaths linked to Covid-19 in Clacks occurring in care homes.

The first death linked to coronavirus in the area occurred in the week beginning March 23.

From there, the figures for the following weeks (beginning on the dates shown below) were as follows:

  • March 30 - 3
  • April 6 - 3
  • April 13 - 4
  • April 20 - 4
  • April 27 - 11
  • May 4 - 9

Councillor Dave Clark, Labour leader at Clackmannanshire Council, said: "I am terribly distressed and saddened to learn that 26 of our old people in residential care in Clackmannanshire have now died of coronavirus.

"It is a local tragedy. My thoughts and prayers rest with every family coping with the grief and loss of those they love."

In Scotland overall, NRS figures show there were 3,213 deaths linked to coronavirus by May 10.

Of those deaths, 45 per cent took place in care homes, 48 per cent took place in hospitals, and seven per cent of deaths were at home or non-institutional settings.