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Deaths involving coronavirus (COVID-19) in Scotland

Deaths involving coronavirus (COVID-19) in Scotland

The NRS weekly data is now made available on the Scottish Government’s Covid-19 dashboard.

Last update: 14 October 2020National Statistics Icon
Next update: 11 November 2020
Frequency: See Note        

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Report: Week 41
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News Release
(14 October 2020)         


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Key Findings

  • As at 11th October, there have been a total of 4,301 deaths registered in Scotland where the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was mentioned on the death certificate. The first mention of COVID-19 in a registered death certificate was the week beginning 16th March 2020.
  • Of the total number of deaths registered in week 41 (5th to 11th October), there were 25 where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, an increase of 5 from the previous week (28th September to 4th October). Deaths involving COVID-19 are at a slightly higher level now than in July and August, but much lower than at the height of the pandemic.
  • 47% of COVID-19 deaths registered to date related to deaths in hospitals. 46% of deaths were in care homes and 7% of deaths were at home or noninstitutional settings.
  • After adjusting for age, people in the most deprived areas were 2.1 times more likely to die with COVID than those living in the least deprived areas.
  • Of those who died with COVID-19 between March and September, 92% had at least one pre-existing condition. The most common main pre-existing condition among those who died with COVID-19 was dementia and Alzheimer’s disease (31%), followed by ischaemic heart disease (13%).
  • Age-standardised death rates (adjusting for the age-structure of the population) were 43% higher for men than for women (168 vs 118 per 100,000 population for deaths occurring in March - September).

Change to frequency of this publication

NRS have published 19 weekly reports containing analysis of the impact and spread of COVID-19 related deaths across Scotland. This publication was introduced to provide clear and accessible official statistics delivering headline figures and more detailed analyses.

As the number of deaths from all causes have returned to average levels and the weekly counts of deaths involving COVID-19 are low, NRS has stopped publishing a full report on a weekly basis

Data on deaths from all causes, excess deaths and COVID-19 related deaths will continue to be made available on a weekly basis through the Scottish Government’s COVID-19 dashboard (for deaths data and for excess deaths data) and through UK analysis from the Office for National Statistics

Each month (starting from 16th September) NRS will now publish a comprehensive and detailed analysis of mortality, focussing on total deaths from all causes, excess deaths and COVID-19 related deaths.

NRS will consider re-introducing a weekly publication should there be any significant changes in the spread or impact of COVID-19.

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