Lowest weekly total of coronavirus deaths in Scotland since early March.

An NHS tribute in Glasgow. Photo: John DevlinAn NHS tribute in Glasgow. Photo: John Devlin
An NHS tribute in Glasgow. Photo: John Devlin
Five deaths were registered involving coronavirus in Scotland between August 3 and 9.

New data from the National Records of Scotland, published today (Wednesday), shows that 4213 deaths have been registered in Scotland where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

The latest deaths represent a decrease of two from the previous week and this is the lowest weekly total for deaths involving coronavirus since the first death was recorded in early March.

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In addition, the NRS has published updated anaylsis (for March 1 to July 31), which shows that people in the most deprived areas of Scotland were two times more likely to die of Covid-19 and those living in larger, urban areas were four times more like to die of Covid-19.

Also, 92 per cent of those who died with coronavirus had at least one pre-existing condition. The most common was dementia and Alzheimer’s disease representing 31 per cent.

Pete Whitehouse, Director of Statistical Services, said: “Every death from this virus is a tragedy and these statistics represent the heartbreak of many families across the country who have lost loved ones.

“Today’s publication shows a continuing decline in the number of people dying from Covid-19. Since the peak week in mid-April, when 661 Covid-19 related deaths were registered, today’s report shows the lowest weekly total for deaths since the first death was recorded in early March.

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“As number of deaths from all causes have now thankfully returned to average levels and the weekly count of deaths involving Covid-19 continues to decline, NRS will from next week alter our approach to publication. Each month we will now publish a comprehensive and detailed analysis of Covid-19 related and all cause deaths.

“Each week we will make available via the Scottish Government’s Covid-19 ‘Four Harms’ dashboard the latest headline figures on Covid-19 related deaths, deaths from all causes and excess deaths. This decision by NRS to halt production of our current detailed weekly publication of Covid-19 related deaths, will be reconsidered should there be a significant change in the spread or impact of Covid-19.”

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