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Deaths involving COVID-19, Week 15 - 6th to 12th April

Deaths involving COVID-19, Week 15 - 6th to 12th April

Wednesday, 15 Apr 2020
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As at 12th April, 962 deaths have been registered in Scotland where COVID-19 was mentioned in the death certificate, according to statistics published by National Records of Scotland (NRS) today.

Between 6th April to 12th April, 608 deaths relating to COVID-19 have been registered, up from 282 deaths  in the previous week, 30th March to 5th April.

To place these statistics in context, the total number of deaths registered in Scotland from to 6th April to 12th April was 1,969. The average number of deaths registered in the same week over the last five years was 1,100.  Registered deaths involving COVID-19 from 6th April to 12th April accounted for 31% of all deaths registered in that week.

From this week, NRS statistics also provide a national breakdown by the location of death which show that, to date, a quarter of all registered deaths involving COVID-19 occurred in care homes. 62% of registered deaths were in hospitals and 13% were at home or non-institutional settings.

Almost 70% of all registered deaths involving COVID -19 to date were people aged 75 or over.

The highest number of registered deaths involving COVID-19 up to 12th April  were of people living in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board area with 193 deaths. To date, there have been no registered deaths involving COVID-19 in the Western Isles.

Pete Whitehouse, Director of Statistical Services, said:

“All of these deaths are tragic for the families involved. These statistics, when placed alongside the other important evidence being made available by the Scottish Government and Health Protection Scotland (HPS), are valuable to the understanding of the progress and impact of the COVID-19 virus across the country.

“To add context to these statistics, we have updated this week’s publication to include a national breakdown by the location of death, providing additional information on where an individual has died, whether that is in hospital, in a care home, at home or in another location. We have also added information on the trend in deaths by date of death in addition to date of registration.

“We are actively considering how we continue to develop the content of our statistics to ensure they provide the most useful information possible and add value to the understanding of how the virus is spreading throughout Scotland.”

The publication Deaths involving coronavirus (COVID-19) in Scotland and an infographic summary is available on this website.