Deaths involving COVID-19 – Week 19: 10-16 May 2021

As at 16 May, 10,109 deaths have been registered in Scotland where the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was mentioned on the death certificate, according to statistics published by National Records of Scotland (NRS) today.

In the week 10 May – 16 May, six deaths were registered that mentioned COVID-19 on the death certificate, a decrease of one death from the previous week.

At council level, North Lanarkshire recorded three COVID-related deaths, Glasgow City recorded two deaths, and Perth and Kinross recorded one death.

One death was of someone aged 75 or over, and the other five deaths were of people aged under 65.

Four deaths occurred in hospitals, one death occurred in a care home, and one in a non-institutional setting such as at home.

There were 32 excess deaths in the previous week, representing 3% above the five-year average for this week.

Today’s monthly figures also show that post COVID-19 conditions, including “long COVID”, were mentioned on 11 death certificates in the period from March 2020 to April 2021.

In addition, three deaths in Scotland have been recorded with the underlying cause of death being due to adverse effects of COVID-19 vaccines.

This is in the context of 2.81 million people having been given at least one vaccine dose by 30 April 2021, according to statistics from Public Health Scotland.

Pete Whitehouse, Director of Statistical Services, said:

“Last week there were no registered COVID-19 deaths in 29 of Scotland’s 32 council areas.

“Across Scotland, six COVID-19 deaths were registered which is the lowest number since early September last year.

“The report also shows that deaths from COVID-19 continues to have a greater impact on people living in Scotland’s more deprived communities.

“Over the course of the pandemic, people living in these most deprived areas are 2.4 times as likely to die with COVID-19 than those living in the least deprived areas after adjusting for age.”