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Deaths involving COVID-19 Week 37: 13 to 19 September 2021

Deaths involving COVID-19 Week 37: 13 to 19 September 2021

Thursday, 23 Sep 2021
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As at 19 September, 10,826 deaths have been registered in Scotland where the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was mentioned on the death certificate, according to statistics published today by National Records of Scotland (NRS).
In the week 13 – 19 September, 135 deaths were registered that mentioned COVID-19 on the death certificate, 57 more than last week. 

24 deaths were of people aged under 65, 37 were people aged 65-74 and there were 74 deaths of people aged 75 or over. 79 deaths were male, 56 were female.

Glasgow City (22 deaths), North Lanarkshire (12 deaths) and City of Edinburgh (9 deaths) had the highest numbers of deaths at council level. In total, 26 (out of 32) council areas had at least one death.

The number of deaths from all causes registered in Scotland in this week was 1,257 - 249, or 25%, more than the five year average. 

Pete Whitehouse, Director of Statistical Services, said:

“The latest figures show that last week there were 135 deaths where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate. This is 57 more deaths than last week, and represents the highest weekly total we have seen since early March.”

“Deaths from all causes were 25% higher than the five year average. There has been a sustained period of excess deaths, with registered deaths above the five year average in each week since week 21 (24th to 30th May).”  

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


NRS figures include deaths where ‘suspected’ or ‘probable’ COVID-19 appears on the death certificate. 

Data for 2021 are provisional and subject to change in future weekly publications. The data will be finalised in summer 2022.

Media enquiries should be directed to:
Ewan Mathieson
NRS Communications
Tel: 07949 441311
Email: [email protected]

Further information about the statistics is available from:
NRS Customer Services
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