FAMILIES in the Wee County have been spared the agony of coronavirus deaths for three weeks in a row.

Official statistics from the National Records of Scotland (NRS) show no instances where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate since the week beginning April 12.

The number of coronavirus deaths has been on the decrease since mid-March when there were no instances recorded for two weeks.

Only two have been added to the death toll since.

However, the figures also show that sadly, 112 people who resided in Clackmannanshire have died to the virus since the pandemic began, 46 this year alone.

The latest statistics, released each Wednesday afternoon, also showed that of the 32 council areas in Scotland, 20 recorded no deaths involving Covid-19 between April 26 and May 2.

Pete Whitehouse, director of statistical services at the NRS, said: "We continue to see a progressive decline in the number of deaths involving Covid-19 since January and while that trend is very welcome, I am mindful that each represents a painful loss for a family in Scotland.

"There were 1,035 deaths in total from all causes this week, five per cent lower than the five year average."

The reduction comes after a harrowing February and early-March for Clacks families.

The six weeks starting from February 1 saw 25 deaths involving Covid-19 in the Wee County before the weekly figures reduced.