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Office For National Statistics In Scotland Week 19 - 4th May to 10th May

13th May 2020

Deaths involving

coronavirus (COVID-19)

in Scotland

Week 19

(4 May to 10 May 2020).

Deaths involving COVID-19

 As at 10 May, there have been a total of 3,213 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 19 (4 May to 10 May), there were 415 where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, a decrease of 110 from the previous week (27 April to 3 May). This is the second weekly reduction in a row.

 Deaths involving COVID-19 as a proportion of all deaths has changed from:

 16% in week 14;

 31% in week 15;

 34% in week 16;

 36% in week 17;

 31% in week 18; to

 29% in week 19.

 45% of COVID-19 deaths registered to date related to deaths in care homes.

48% of deaths were in hospitals and 7% of deaths were at home or noninstitutional settings.

 The proportion of COVID-19 deaths which took place in care homes has risen over time but has dropped back slightly in the latest week to represent 57% of all COVID-19 deaths. The number of deaths in care homes fell for a second week, by 76 to 238.

 Three quarters (76%) of all deaths involving COVID-19 to date were of people aged 75 or over.

 This number is different from the count of deaths published daily on the

website, because the latter is based on deaths of those who have tested positive for COVID-19. The NRS figures published here include all deaths where COVID19 (included suspected cases) was mentioned on the death certificate.

All Deaths

 The provisional total number of deaths registered in Scotland in week 19 of 2020

(4 May to 10 May) was 1,434. This is a decrease of 245 from the number registered in the previous week.

 The average number of deaths registered in the corresponding week over the previous five years was 1,034. There were 39% more deaths registered in week 19 of 2020 (4 May to 10 May) compared to the average. Of these 400 excess


 96% (383) had COVID-19 as the underlying cause

 7% (26) came from an increase in dementia and Alzheimer's deaths

 4% (17) were due to an increase in deaths from other causes

 deaths from cancer and respiratory diseases were lower than the average for this time of year.

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