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Deaths involving COVID-19, Week 13: 29 March - 4 April 2021

Deaths involving COVID-19, Week 13: 29 March - 4 April 2021

Thursday, 8 Apr 2021
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As at 4 April, 9,997 deaths have been registered in Scotland where the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was mentioned on the death certificate, according to statistics published by National Records of Scotland (NRS) today. 

In the week 29 March – 4 April, 38 deaths were registered that mentioned COVID-19 on the death certificate, a decrease of 24 deaths from the previous week.

There were fewer registrations than usual this week due to the public holiday on Friday 2 April, when most registration offices were closed. Death registrations are likely to have been lower than the actual number of deaths that occurred in this week.

The majority of deaths occurred in hospitals, representing 29 deaths, with five deaths at home or in non-institutional settings and four deaths in care homes.

47% of deaths were people aged 75 and over, representing 18 deaths, and eight deaths were people aged under 65.

Pete Whitehouse, Director of Statistical Services, said: 

“We are seeing an encouraging reduction in the number of deaths involving COVID-19 but I am very conscious that these figures represent painful losses for families across Scotland.

“While registered deaths continue to fall, care should be taken when interpreting this week’s figures. These have been affected by the recent public holiday as there may have been a delay in registering some deaths.”

The publication Deaths involving coronavirus (COVID-19) in Scotland is available on the NRS website.