Since the first lockdown began 276 days ago, there have been daily updates of the grim statistic that is the coronavirus death toll.

The death of Scotland’s first COVID-19 victim was recorded on March 13, and the first reported death in Ayrshire was on March 17. Since then more than 6,000 people have been taken by the virus.

NHS Ayrshire and Arran has seen 516 people tragically die having contracted coronavirus.

Behind these statistics were real people who left behind grieving families and friends.

If you would like to pay tribute to someone you have lost, then you can here.

These are some of the people who have lost their lives to COVID-19.

James Manson MBE

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Tributes were paid to a humble and ‘conscientious’ hero of Troon’s lifeboat after he died from coronavirus.

James ‘Jimmy’ Manson was an anchor for brave lifeboat crew members who would venture out to sea to save lives.

He died at Biggart Hospital on Saturday, November 27, aged 90.

Jimmy was in hospital for cancer treatment with family unable to visit him due to restrictions.

Tributes to Troon lifeboat station hero ‘Jimmy’

Henry Dwyer

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Tyrone Dwyer could not be by his dad’s side during his final moments at a Prestwick care home.

Henry Dwyer’s only child said: “This virus has robbed me and you of the ability to say goodbye to my dad in person.”

Tyrone was quarantined on his home island, the Isle of Man, when they were told he had tested positive for coronavirus.

Henry was born and raised in Ballyhack, Ireland, but made his home in Saltcoats to be closer to his son.

He passed away on May 11.

Tributes to Saltcoats victim of virus who was isolated from family

Derek Masterton

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A well known Irvine journalist legend, Derek Masterton, 66, battled lung cancer and sepsis in recent years but had improved before COVID-19 hit and he had to shield.

Diagnosed with the virus in November, within a few weeks his condition deteriorated in hospital and he died on Friday, November 13.

After a long career at the Irvine Times and the Daily Record, Derek worked for the British Red Cross, but remained a passionate defender of the tabloid press.

Writing in All Media Scotland in 2013, Derek said: “I was proud to be a tabloid journalist, working for a paper that defended the ‘wee man’ against the bullies of business and bureaucracy.”

Tributes to Irvine journalist who died after positive coronavirus test

William Wallace

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Stagecoach bus driver William Wallace sadly passed from COVID-19 on Sunday, October 11, at Ayr Hospital, aged 60.

The news of his death shocked colleagues who rallied round his family to support them.

Daughter Chloe Wallace said: “It’s nice for his grandchildren, they will be able to see how well liked he was and loved, we can show them that when they are older.”

Tributes paid to Auchinleck bus driver as family hail amazing grandad

Sheena Speirs

A keen runner, Sheena Speirs was involved in coaching at the Irvine Running Club in the late 1970s until the early 1980s.

Many of the young runners who were at the club during those years paid tribute to Sheena on hearing of her passing.

She suffered from Parkinson’s but this was well controlled by medication and she continued to have a good quality of life.

Sheena contracted COVID-19 and after a short time in hospital she sadly passed away on Friday, October 30.

Tributes paid to former Irvine Running Club coach

David McIlroy

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A much loved school teacher and former junior footballer, David McIlroy passed away having contracted coronavirus while in hospital.

He taught at St Matthew’s Academy in Saltcoats, St Michael’s in Kilwinning and in Kilwinning Academy.

Tributes from pupils, past and present, flooded in for the beloved PE teacher, guidance counsellor and supply teacher.

David played for Kilbirnie Ladeside and Ardrossan Winton Rovers, he was hailed as a fantastic player.

Former pupil Graeme Johnston said: "I know from talking to lots of friends and family that loads of folk who went through school at the same time as me also turned to Davie for help when they needed it."

North Ayrshire school teacher dies having caught virus

Ryan Storrie

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Ryan Storrie was a father-of-two in Scotland to celebrate his 40th birthday when he became ill.

He had travelled with his wife Hilary and their two children from their home in Dubai to Ryan's hometown of Ardrossan.

Ryan didn't think his asthma was enough to make the virus lethal and so didn't want to trouble the NHS or risk spreading it to those in hospital.

His wife found him dead in their hotel bedroom on March 30.

Grieving wife wishes Ardrossan dad had gone to hospital before coronavirus death

Colette Mullen

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Colette Mullen's family never expected the virus to hit them.

The mother-of-four from Catrine was admitted to Crosshouse with COVID-19 symptoms and passed away in ICU on April 10.

Doctors and nurses set up video calls for the 48-year-old's family so they could tell her how much they loved her in her final days.

Her husband, who had been her childhood sweetheart, said they were one of the first families the team at Crosshouse had had to do this for.

Family pay tributes to their 'rock' of a mum who died of coronavirus

Douglas McLean

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Douglas McLean was living with his wife at Glenfairn House, Ayr, before she passed away from pneumonia last year.

The great-grandfather, well known for his bakery in Ayr, died at the care home in April with the lockdown preventing his family from being able to see him.

His daughter Pauline called the home to leave a message to be passed on to her dad at 5.30pm. He died at 6.10pm.

The 89-year-old had three children, seven grandchildren and nine great-grandkids.

Ayr baker dies from coronavirus - months after he lost his wife in the same care home

Kenny Smith

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Kenny Smith had no underlying health conditions when he developed symptoms of the virus and was admitted to Crosshouse on April 30.

He had never been off sick from work when he died after two weeks in hospital.

The 64-year-old from Dreghorn had been a lorry driver, transporting freight from Glasgow to London.

He passed away on May 13 having been on a ventilator in ICU.

Kenny left behind his wife Karen, daughters Gillian and Laura, son Craig and grandchildren.

Tributes paid after hard working Dreghorn grandad dies from coronavirus

John Barry

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John Barry had phoned the doctor when he was feeling ill before he passed away in March.

The Irvine born plumber died before he was tested but, like others, doctors registered his death as a result of coronavirus due to his symptoms.

The father-of-two was a well-know SNP supporter and was 56-years-old.

Tributes to Irvine man after suspected coronavirus death

Kenneth Ling

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Kenneth Charles Ling died just a few months short of his 80th birthday due to a combination of lung disease pulmonary fibrosis and COVID-19.

He passed away on March 17.

Born in Birmingham on, July 18, 1940, Ken graduated from Birmingham University as a chemical engineer.

He lived in West Kilbride with wife Thelma and was the chairman of Largs Bridge Club and the former chairman of West Kilbride Horticultural Society.

He is survived by Thelma and his three sons Nathan, Matthew and Jonathan, as well as his five grandchildren.

Tributes paid to West Kilbride grandfather who died after contracting COVID-19

Jim Powell

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Jim Powell hadn't seen his wife of 30 years, Sally, in seven weeks when staff at Caledonia Care Home in Saltcoats invited her to be by his side as he passed away having contracted coronavirus.

Sally had to put on full personal protective equipment to be by the 73-year-olds bedside as he slipped away.

The Geordie had been diagnosed with the virus on April 21, he died on April 29.

Wife of COVID victim praises care workers

Fiona Johnstone

Fiona Johnstone, who worked at Biggart Hospital in Prestwick, tragically died having caught coronavirus.

The mum-of-two worked on the administration team and members of staff lined up outside the hospital to pay tribute to their much loved colleague.

NHS pay tribute to Biggart Hospital worker after death

William Hawthorn

William Hawthorn passed away on Sunday, April 5, after contracting coronavirus.

Originally from Kilwinning, he had lived for many years in Saltcoats.

The 82-year-old's great nephew, Nairn McDonald said: "My uncle William was a pillar of strength and authority and fought hard. He didn’t pass away due to a lack of fight.”

William left behind two daughters and his wife of nearly 60 years, Wilma.

Nephew of COVID-19 victim hopes older generation will take heed

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