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Deaths involving COVID-19 Week 40: 4 - 10 October, 2021

Deaths involving COVID-19 Week 40: 4 - 10 October, 2021

Wednesday, 13 Oct 2021
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As at 10 October, 11,262 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 4 – 10 October, 126 deaths were registered that mentioned COVID-19 on the death certificate, 17 less than last week.

26 deaths were of people aged under 65, 24 were people aged 65-74 and there were 76 deaths of people aged 75 or over. 82 deaths were male, 44 were female.

98 deaths were in hospitals, 19 were in care homes and 9 were at home or a non-institutional setting.

Glasgow City (14 deaths), West Dunbartonshire (10 deaths) and West Lothian (9 deaths) had the highest numbers of deaths at council level. In total, 24 (out of 32) council areas had at least one death involving COVID-19 last week.

The number of deaths from all causes registered in Scotland in this week was 1,353 - 315, or 30%, more than the five year average.

There has been 1 further death where the underlying cause was adverse effects of  the COVID-19 vaccine. This takes the total to 5.   By 30 September 2021 statistics from Public Health Scotland state that 4.2 million people had been given at least one vaccine dose.

Pete Whitehouse, Director of Statistical Services, said:

“The latest figures show that last week there were 126 deaths where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate. This is 17 fewer deaths than last week.

“With 1,353 deaths from all causes this week, this is now the 20th consecutive week with excess deaths above the five year average and is the highest level of excess deaths (315 this week) since week 1 (4 – 10 January) of 2021.”

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