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Deaths registered weekly in Scotland

Deaths registered weekly in Scotland

Last update: 23 May 2024
Next update: 30 May 2024
Frequency: Weekly

Changes to methodology for excess deaths

The methodology used to calculate excess deaths changed in February 2024. More information on these changes, including figures comparing the old and new methods, can be found on the ONS website.

Weekly deaths registered in Scotland, 2024

Key points in this week’s update

The provisional total number of deaths registered in Scotland in week 20 of 2024 (13th May to 19th May) was 1,179. This is 102 or 8% lower than the expected number of deaths in week 20. There were 14 deaths mentioning COVID-19.

Previous weekly deaths statistics

Finalised weekly deaths, expected deaths and excess deaths for 2011 to 2022 (new excess deaths methodology)


Comparison of excess deaths methods for weekly deaths, 2011 to 2023



Finalised weekly deaths for 2020 to 2022 (old excess deaths methodology)



Weekly deaths, Scotland, 1974 to 2023 (no longer being updated)

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This publication was previously named “Deaths involving coronavirus (COVID-19) in Scotland”. It has been renamed to better reflect the fact that it includes data on all deaths, plus breakdowns for some key causes.  A breakdown of deaths involving coronavirus  is still included in this publication.   

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