There have now been 220 COVID-19 deaths across Ayrshire.  

Latest statistics from the National Records of Scotland show a rise of 28 tragedies as of Sunday, May 10

Of these deaths 98 were in care homes, 103 were in hospitals and 19 either at home or elsewhere.

In North Ayrshire 75 people have passed away, with 61 tragic deaths in East Ayrshire and 84 in South Ayrshire.

Of the 3,213 deaths involving COVID-19 nationally, there have been 1,438 deaths in care homes, 1,537 deaths were in hospitals and 237 were at home or non-institutional settings.

The published figures focus on deaths where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate either as the underlying cause or as a contributory factor.

For the first time, NRS has today published additional analysis looking at the impact deprivation has on COVID-19 mortality.

This shows people living in the most deprived areas of Scotland were 2.3 times more likely to die with COVID-19 than those living in the least deprived areas. 

It also shows 91 per cent of people who died of COVID-19 in April had at least one pre-existing condition.

The most common pre-existing condition was dementia and Alzheimer’s disease - 31 per cent of all deaths involving COVID, followed by ischaemic heart disease at 13 per cent.

Pete Whitehouse, Director of Statistical Services, said: “Every death from this virus is a tragedy. These statistics, alongside the other important evidence being made available by the Scottish Government and Health Protection Scotland (HPS), are valuable to the understanding of the progress and impact of the COVID-19 virus across Scotland.

"These latest figures show that for the second week running since reporting of registered deaths relating to COVID-19 began there has been a reduction in COVID-19 related deaths.  We have also published, for the first time today, analyses  of how the mortality rate related to COVID-19 varies by deprivation and across urban and rural areas of Scotland.

"Our aim is to ensure that our statistical publication provides information that is as useful as possible and adds value to the understanding of how the virus is spreading throughout the country.

"We will continue to review and develop these statistics as new information is made available.”