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Deaths involving COVID-19 Week 41: 11 October - 17 October 2021

Deaths involving COVID-19 Week 41: 11 October - 17 October 2021

Wednesday, 20 Oct 2021
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As at 17 October, 11,406 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 11 – 17 October, 139 deaths were registered that mentioned COVID-19 on the death certificate, a rise of eight from last week.

18 people who died were aged under 65, 29 were people aged 65-74 and there were 92 deaths of people aged 75 or over. 78 people who died were male and 61 were female.

108 deaths were in hospitals, 19 were in care homes and 11 were at home or in a non-institutional setting.

In total, 26 of 32 council areas had at least one death involving COVID-19 last week, including 23 deaths in Glasgow City, 16 in Fife and 10 in North Lanarkshire.

The number of deaths from all causes registered in Scotland in this week was 1,331, which is 252 – or 23% - above the five year average.

Pete Whitehouse, Director of Statistical Services, said:

“The latest figures show that last week there were 139 deaths where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, an increase of eight from the previous week.

“There were 1,331 deaths from all causes this week, the 21st consecutive week with deaths above the five year average.”

The publication Deaths involving coronavirus (COVID-19) in Scotland is available on the NRS website. Breakdowns of these figures by date, underlying cause of death, and location can be found under Data and Charts.

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Correction – 20 October 2021
An error was noticed in the original News Release. An incorrect figure was given for the total number of deaths involving COVID-19 in Scotland in the first sentence. This has now been corrected.
The correct figure is 11,406.


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:
Ross Truslove
NRS Communications
Tel: 07502 357625
Email: [email protected]

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