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Deaths Involving COVID-19

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Week 27: 4 – 10 July 2022.

As at 10 July 2022, 15,098 deaths have been registered in Scotland where the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was mentioned on the death certificate, according to statistics published today by National Records of Scotland (NRS).

In the week 4 to 10 July, 83 deaths were registered that mentioned COVID-19 on the death certificate, an increase of 22 deaths from the previous week. 

52 were aged 75 or older, 20 were aged 65 to 74, and 11 were under 65.

46 were female and 37 were male.

There were 14 deaths in City of Edinburgh, seven deaths in Fife and six deaths in North Lanarkshire.

In total, 25 council areas (out of 32) had at least one death involving COVID-19 last week.

68 were in hospitals, 9 were in care homes, and 6 at home or a non-institutional setting.

The monthly analysis shows that the age standardised death rate for deaths involving COVID-19 was slightly higher in June 2022 (47 per 100,000) compared to May 2022 (46 per 100,000).

Throughout the pandemic, the highest rate was 585 deaths per 100,000 people in April 2020.

Of the 15,047 deaths involving COVID-19 between March 2020 and June 2022, 93% (14,022) had at least one pre-existing condition.

Just under one quarter of people whose death involved COVID-19 had dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

This was the most common main pre-existing condition.

Pete Whitehouse, Director of Statistical Services, said:

“The latest figures show that last week there were 83 deaths where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

“This is 22 more deaths than the previous week.

“The number of deaths from all causes registered in Scotland in the latest week was 1,089, which is 62, or 6%, more than the five year average.”

After adjusting for age, people living in the most deprived areas were 2.4 times as likely to die with COVID-19 as those in the least deprived areas.

The size of this gap has slowly widened over the period of the pandemic but has narrowed slightly since January when the gap was 2.5

There have been nine deaths in Scotland in which the underlying cause of death was due to the adverse effects of vaccination against COVID-19, and two further deaths where an adverse effect was mentioned on the death certificate.

This is no increase from the figure reported last month.

By 30 June 2022, statistics from Public Health Scotland state that 4.4 million people had been given at least one vaccine dose.

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