Covid: Scotland records 117 deaths in past week, figures show

Coronavirus is now linked to 13,563 fatalities since the pandemic began in Scotland.

Scotland’s Covid death toll increased by 117 last week, with the virus now linked to 13,563 fatalities since the pandemic began.

New data from National Records of Scotland (NRS) shows the number of cases where Covid-19 was mentioned on a death certificate in the week ending March 13 was up by six from the previous week.

NRS data also shows there have now been nine people in Scotland whose underlying cause of death was due to the adverse effects of vaccination against Covid-19.

In addition, a further two deaths where an adverse effect was mentioned on the death certificate were also recorded.

By the end of February separate statistics from Public Health Scotland showed that 4.4 million Scots have had at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine.

The overall death toll published by NRS covers all cases in Scotland where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

This differs from the lab-confirmed coronavirus deaths announced daily by the Scottish Government because the NRS figures include suspected or probable cases.

Pete Whitehouse, director of statistical services at NRS, said: “The latest figures show that last week there were 117 deaths where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

“This is six more deaths than the previous week.”

He added that for the week ending March 13 the overall number of deaths registered from all causes was 1207 – 1% less than the five-year average for the period.

The latest weekly figures showed there were 14 coronavirus deaths in both Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as 11 in the Highland Council area.

Across Scotland, 27 of the 32 council areas had at least one death involving Covid-19 last week.

The majority of deaths – 74 – were in hospitals, with 36 in care homes and seven at home or in a non-institutional setting.

Of those who died, 90 were aged 75 or above, 17 were 65-74, and 10 were under the age of 65.

The latest stats come after the First Minister delayed ditching laws for people to wear face coverings on public transport and shops, having previously signalled this would move from being a legal requirement to being guidance, on March 21.

On Tuesday, Nicola Sturgeon told MSPs that with the “current spike” in cases, ministers had agreed it was “prudent” for this measure to remain in place and the legal requirement will be reviewed again in two weeks’ time.

The BA.2 sub-variant of Omicron now makes up more than 80% of coronavirus cases in Scotland and appears to have become dominant faster than in England.

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