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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: 12 May 2021National Statistics Icon
Next update: 19 May 2021
Frequency: Weekly   

Key Findings

  • As at the 9th of May, there have been a total of 10,104 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 18 (3 May to 9 May) there were 7 where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate. Of deaths involving COVID-19 in the latest week:
    • 86% (6 deaths) were aged 75+, and 14% (1 death) were aged under 65.
    • 29% were male (2 deaths) and 71% female (5 deaths).
    • There were 3 deaths in Lanarkshire Health Board area and 2 in Greater Glasgow and Clyde. There was 1 death in each of Lothian and Tayside Health Board areas.
    • At council level, the highest number of deaths occurred in North Lanarkshire with 2 deaths. Angus, Glasgow City, Inverclyde, Midlothian and South Lanarkshire all had one death.
    • The majority of deaths (71%) occurred in hospitals (5 deaths), with 1 in a care home and 1 death at home or in a non-institutional setting.

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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