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Deaths involving coronavirus (COVID-19) in Scotland

Deaths involving coronavirus (COVID-19) in Scotland

The NRS weekly data is also available on the Scottish Government’s Covid-19 dashboard.

Last update: 20 January 2021National Statistics Icon
Next update: 27 January 2021
Frequency: See Note        

Key Findings

  • As at the 17th of January, there have been a total of 7,448 deaths registered in Scotland where the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was mentioned on the death certificate.
  • Of the total number of deaths registered in week 2 (11 January to 17 January) there were 368 where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, a decrease of 23 from the previous week (04 January to 10 January).
  • Of deaths involving COVID-19 in the latest week:
    • 66% were aged 75+ (244 deaths), and 10% were aged under 65 (38 deaths).
    • 53% were male (196 deaths) and 47% female (172 deaths).
    • There were 94 deaths in Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board area, 48 in Lanarkshire and 48 in Lothian.
    • At council level, the highest number of deaths occurred in Glasgow City (44), City of Edinburgh (39), Fife (34).
    • The majority (65%) occurred in hospitals (240 deaths), with 97 deaths in care homes, 27 at home or in non-institutional settings and 4 in other institutions.

Change to frequency of this publication

National Records of Scotland (NRS) has been closely monitoring the weekly number of deaths, and given the increase in recent weeks, we have taken the decision to make additional weekly analysis available through this short publication providing  a weekly breakdown of deaths from all causes and deaths involving COVID-19.  

This weekly publication includes breakdowns by sex, age, health board, local authority and location of death.  It also includes an analysis of excess deaths by location and broad cause of death.

In addition, we publish a comprehensive and detailed analysis of mortality on a monthly basis.  This report includes analysis of deaths occurring in the previous month, and looks at age-standardised death rates, breakdown by deprivation, urban/rural, an analysis of leading causes of death and a breakdown by main pre-existing condition of those who died with COVID-19.  

NRS mortality data (COVID-19 and excess deaths) will continue to be made available on a weekly basis through the Scottish Government’s COVID-19 dashboard.

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