Deaths involving coronavirus in Scotland by NRS shows 415 extra Coronavirus deaths in the community

Key Findings


  • As at 10th 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 (4th May to 10th May), there were 415 where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, a decrease of 110 from the previous week (27th April to 3rd 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 non-institutional 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 gov.scot 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 COVID-19 (included suspected cases) was mentioned on the death certificate.


  • This week’s publication includes some additional in-depth analyses for deaths which occurred in Scotland during March and April



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