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Deaths involving coronavirus (COVID-19) in Scotland

Deaths involving coronavirus (COVID-19) in Scotland

National Statistics IconLast update: 8 July 2020
Next update: 15 July 2020 
Frequency: Weekly           

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Report: Week 27
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Key Findings

  • As at 5th July, there have been a total of 4,173 deaths registered in Scotland where the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was mentioned on the death certificate. The first mention of COVID-19 in a registered death certificate was the week beginning 16th March 2020.
  • Of the total number of deaths registered in week 27 (29th June to 5th July), there were 17 where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, a decrease of 18 from the previous week (22nd to 28th June). This is the tenth weekly reduction in a row, and the lowest weekly total since mid-March.
  • Deaths involving COVID-19 accounted for 2% of all deaths registered in week 27. This proportion has fallen steadily from its peak in week 17 when COVID-19 deaths accounted for 36% of all deaths.
  • 46% of COVID-19 deaths registered to date related to deaths in care homes.  46% of deaths were in hospitals and 7% of deaths were at home or non-institutional settings.
  • The proportion of COVID-19 deaths which took place in care homes has risen over time but has dropped back in recent weeks and now represents 24% of all COVID-19 deaths in week 27. The number of deaths in care homes fell for a tenth week, by 12 to 4.
  • More than three quarters (77%) of all deaths involving COVID-19 to date were of people aged 75 or over.
  • This number is different from the count of deaths published daily on the website, because the latter is based on deaths of those who have tested positive for COVID-19. The NRS figures published here include all deaths where COVID-19 (included suspected cases) was mentioned on the death certificate. 
  • Additional analysis of COVID-19 deaths by ethnic group has been published today in a separate report which is available on the NRS website.

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