Covid deaths in Scottish care homes have dropped to a level not seen since October, as deaths in all settings drop considerably week-on-week.
Despite deaths falling across all categories, care homes are seeing weekly death figures fall off faster than any other setting.
For the first time since November, deaths of those aged 85 and over are now lower than deaths among 75-84 year olds.
Data from National Records Scotland revealed that in the week 8-14 February 323 deaths were registered that mentioned COVID-19 on the death certificate.
This marks a significant decrease of 54 deaths from the previous week.
Over 80% of deaths last week occurred in hospital, representing 266 deaths, while 42 deaths occurred in care homes and 15 at home or in non-institutional settings.
Pete Whitehouse, director of statistical services, said: “Over 9,000 deaths have now been registered in Scotland where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, and they represent loss and grief for families and communities across the country.
“Today’s statistics show some signs of progress, for the third consecutive week, we have seen a welcome reduction in the number of deaths.
“Deaths in care homes over the last three weeks have fallen at a faster rate than deaths in other locations.
“The number of deaths in the 85-and-over age group have also fallen more steeply than younger age groups.
“There were 146 excess deaths across all locations in the last week, 12% above average for this time of year. This figure remains high, but has fallen steadily in recent weeks.”