Deaths involving COVID-19 – Week 31 – 27th July to 2nd August

As at 2nd August, a total of 4,208 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.

Between 27th July to 2nd August, seven deaths were registered that mentioned COVID-19 on the death certificate, representing a decrease of one from last week.

This is the second lowest weekly total for deaths involving COVID-19 since the first death was recorded in early March.

Of the 4,208 deaths involving COVID-19 registered to date, 46% are related to deaths in care homes, 46% of deaths were in hospitals and 7% of deaths were at home or non-institutional settings.

To place these figures in context, the latest yearly totals show that, in 2018 24% of all deaths occurred in care homes, 49% in hospitals and 27% in home or non-institutional settings.

Pete Whitehouse, Director of Statistical Services, said: 

“Loss of life from this virus is tragic and every death represents loss and heartbreak for families throughout the country.

“Today’s figures show seven more deaths due to COVID-19, showing a similar level for three consecutive weeks.

“These figures are significantly lower than the peak week in mid- April when 661 COVID-19 related deaths were registered.

“Monitoring the progress of this virus is important and National Records of Scotland will continue to work with Scottish Government and Health Protection Scotland (HPS) to understand it’s impact in Scotland.”