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Deaths Involving COVID-19

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Monthly analysis for July 2022.

As at 14 August 2022, 15,491 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 8 to 14 August, 66 deaths were registered that mentioned COVID-19 on the death certificate, an increase of six deaths from the previous week. 

49 deaths were aged 75 or older, 12 were aged 65 to 74, and 5 were under 65.

27 were female and 39 were male.

There were 6 deaths in Aberdeen City, and 5 deaths in both Fife and South Lanarkshire.

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

50 were in hospitals, 10 were in care homes, and 6 were at home or a non-institutional setting.

Our monthly analysis shows that the age-standardised rate of COVID-related deaths was higher in July 2022 (78 per 100,000) compared to June 2022 (48 per 100,000). 

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

Of the 15,417 deaths involving COVID-19 between March 2020 and July 2022, 93% (14,385) had at least one pre-existing condition, with the most common being dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. 

Pete Whitehouse, Director of Statistical Services, said:

“The latest figures show that last week there were 66 deaths where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

“This is six more deaths than the previous week.

“People living in the most deprived areas were 2.3 times as likely to die with COVID-19 as those in the least deprived areas.

“The size of this gap slowly widened over the period of the pandemic but has narrowed since January 2022, when the gap was 2.5.

“The number of deaths from all causes registered in Scotland in this week was 1,126, which is 112, or 11%, more than the five year average.”

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 four further deaths where an adverse effect was mentioned on the death certificate.

This is an increase of two from the figure reported last month.

By 31 July 2022, statistics from Public Health Scotland state that 4.4 million people had been given at least one vaccine dose.

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