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Deaths involving COVID-19 Week 20: 17 May - 23 May 2021

Deaths involving COVID-19 Week 20: 17 May - 23 May 2021

Wednesday, 26 May 2021
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As at 23 May, 10,114 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 17 April – 23 May, four deaths were registered that mentioned COVID-19 on the death certificate, a decrease of two deaths from the previous week and the lowest weekly total since September 2020.

There were two deaths in South Lanarkshire, one in East Dunbartonshire and one in Falkirk. Total deaths were three per cent below the five year average, with 29 fewer deaths in total. 

NRS has also today published data on the total number of deaths involving COVID-19 in individual hospitals and care homes in Scotland. 

Pete Whitehouse, Director of Statistical Services, said:

“This week’s figures show there were no deaths in 29 of 32 Scottish local authorities where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate. 

“Our weekly updates on deaths in Scotland since April 2020 have included details on the number of deaths in care homes and hospitals throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Today we have made available information on the number of deaths in each individual institution during this period.”

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

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