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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: 2 December 2020National Statistics Icon
Next update: 9 December 2020
Frequency: See Note        

Key Findings

  • As at the 29th of November, there have been a total of 5,634 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 48 (23 November to 29 November), there were 252 where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, an increase of 6 from the previous week (16 November to 22 November).
  • Of deaths involving COVID-19 in the latest week:
    • 70% (177 deaths) were aged 75+, and 14% (36 deaths) were aged under 65.
    • 53% were male (133 deaths) and 47% female (119 deaths).
    • There were 82 deaths in Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board area, 54 in Lanarkshire and 31 in Ayrshire and Arran.
    • At council level, the highest number of deaths occurred in Glasgow City (51), South Lanarkshire (30) and North Lanarkshire (24).
    • The majority (65%) occurred in hospitals (165 deaths), with 75 deaths in care homes and 12 at home or in non-institutional settings.

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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