A total of 4,173 deaths have been registered in Scotland where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, according to statistics published by National Records of Scotland (NRS).
There were 17 Covid-19 deaths registered in week 27 (29th June to 5th July), meaning this is the second week in a row the total number of deaths registered has been lower than the average for this time of year.
This is also the tenth weekly reduction of Covid-19 deaths in a row, and the lowest weekly total since mid-March.
This week’s report also provided new analysis of the deaths registered up to 14th June.
It showed that deaths among people from the South Asian ethnic group were almost twice as likely to involve Covid-19 than deaths in the White ethnic group.
1/2 #NRSStats show as of 5 July a total of 4,173 deaths have been registered in #Scotland where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, an increase of 17 from last week, 22 – 28 June. https://t.co/61kd2opGs1 pic.twitter.com/cfU3STBzar
— NatRecordsScot (@NatRecordsScot) July 8, 2020
Pete Whitehouse, Director of Statistical Services, said:
“For the first time, we have produced additional analysis on deaths involving COVID-19 by ethnic group and the findings show that over the course of the pandemic to date, COVID-19 was a more common cause of death for people in the South Asian ethnic group, compared to people in the White ethnic group. 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.
“Understanding the impact of how the virus differs by ethnic group is vitally important, however, due to the low number of completed records for deaths involving COVID-19 in other minority ethnic groups, it is not possible to produce statistics for these groups. NRS will continue to play our part and work alongside Public Health Scotland and the Scottish Government to provide robust information to help us understand the progression and impact of the virus.”
What the NRS figures show
All NRS data should now be updated.
No excess deaths for the second week in a row.
— Lesley-Anne Kelly (@L_A_Kelly) July 8, 2020
- There have been a total of 4,173 deaths registered in Scotland where coronavirus was mentioned on the death certificate.
- Of the total number of deaths registered in week 27 (29th June to 5th July), there were 17 where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, a decrease of 18 from the previous week (22nd to 28th June).
- This is the tenth weekly reduction in a row, and the lowest weekly total since mid-March.
- Deaths involving Covid-19 accounted for 2% of all deaths registered in week 27. This proportion has fallen steadily from its peak in week 17 when Covid-19 deaths accounted for 36% of all deaths.
- 46% of Covid-19 deaths registered to date related to deaths in care homes. 46% of deaths were in hospitals and 7% of deaths were at home or non-institutional settings.
- The proportion of Covid-19 deaths which took place in care homes has risen over time but has dropped back in recent weeks and now represents 24% of all Covid-19 deaths in week 27.
- The number of deaths in care homes fell for a tenth week, by 12 to 4.
- More than three quarters (77%) of all deaths involving Covid-19 to date were of people aged 75 or over.
Why this data differs from daily updates
Scottish Government Covid-19 statistics, July 8:
2,490 deaths (+1)
18,309 confirmed cases (+7)
767 in hospital (+68)
11 in ICU (+4)
— The Sunday Post (@Sunday_Post) July 8, 2020
The weekly figures differ to the daily numbers announced by Nicola Sturgeon at her press briefings as they also include deaths where there has not been a positive test for Covid-19, but it is a suspected or presumed factor.
The First Minister’s daily figures only record deaths of patients who have tested positive for coronavirus.
By that measurement, a total of 2,486 patients have died in Scotland after testing positive for coronavirus, up by one from Tuesday, Nicola Sturgeon said.
Speaking at the Scottish Government’s coronavirus briefing, Ms Sturgeon said eight more people had tested positive for the virus in 24 hours, taking the total to 18,259.
A total of 785 patients are in Scottish hospitals with confirmed or suspected Covid-19, a fall of 100 in 24 hours, she added.
Of these, 17 are intensive care, a drop of two.