Deaths in Scotland lower than average for second week

NRS figures show there were 67 fewer fatalities between March 15 and 21 when compared with the five-year average.

Deaths in Scotland lower than average for second week PA Wire

Deaths from all causes are below average for this time of year for the second week in succession, according to official statistics.

National Records of Scotland figures show there were 67 fewer fatalities between March 15 and 21 when compared with the five-year average.

Sixty-five deaths were registered with Covid-19 mentioned on the death certificate in the same week, a decrease of 39 from the previous week.

As of Sunday, 9897 deaths were registered in Scotland where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

On Wednesday, at the daily coronavirus briefing, the First Minister said a further three deaths had been registered in the past 24 hours of people who had recently tested positive for the virus – bringing the total number of deaths by that measurement to 7562.

Pete Whitehouse, director of statistical services, said: “Figures this week show that the health impact of Covid-19 on people across Scotland continues to diminish but my thoughts are with those families who have lost loved ones to the virus.

“This is the eighth successive week in which we have seen a fall in the number of deaths and the second in which we have seen fewer deaths from all causes, in comparison with the five-year average.

“NRS is publishing important information today on how the pandemic has affected people across Scotland.

“Our analysis confirms that disabled people are more likely to have died with Covid-19 than non-disabled people.”

The relevant week saw 65 deaths registered that mentioned Covid-19 on the death certificate, a decrease of 39 deaths from the previous week.

Most of the fatalities occurred in hospitals with six deaths in care homes and seven at home or in non-institutional settings.

New analysis of the period between March 2020 and January 2021 also shows that disabled people in Scotland were more likely to have died with Covid-19 than non-disabled people.

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