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

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

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.

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.

“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.”