66 #Covid Related Deaths in Scotland: Weekly Update

Published today, 18th August 2022, on the National Records of Scotland website are the stats for Covid related deaths in Scotland as follows:

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.

Of the 66 deaths – Covid was the underlying cause of 42 of them. The number of excess deaths based on a 5 year average was 112 for that week.

Of the 66 Covid related deaths 27 were female and 39 were male. The age distribution was:

  • Age 15 – 44, 1 death; female
  • Age 45 – 64, 4 deaths; 1 female, 3 male
  • Age 65 – 74, 12 deaths; 8 female, 4 male
  • Age 75 – 84, 22 deaths; 9 female, 13 male
  • Age 85+, 27 deaths; 8 female, 19 male

Place of death: 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.

The publication Deaths involving coronavirus (COVID-19) in Scotland is available on the NRS website.

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    • Perhaps time to start weekly/monthly (or at least quarterly) reporting of all infectious notifiable diseases broken down to regional levels? For England and Wales this information is available on a weekly basis (latest report: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1098531/NOIDS-weekly-report-week32-2022.pdf). There is some room for improvement, for example could I think of a few diseases which should be added, such as introduced vector borne diseases which could take hold locally due to climate change and of which some are found in the notifiable and/or reportable diseases overview for animals, published separately elsewhere. Given the risks associated with zoonotic diseases, I cannot see why reporting should not be combined. Separating animal diseases and human diseases and publishing relevant reports at different places compromises the One Health approach which should be taken.
      Still, overall the existing reports do provide some relevant information and an overview.

      Sadly, Scotland does not (yet?) provide this. A review is apparently taking place, hence reporting temporarily ceased, and when you look at previous reports, you will know why. Thus far, the reporting was patchwork… no comprehensive overview was given and information had to be gathered by looking at individual reports. Hence, this page resembles a news headline feed but its practical use is limited.
      https://www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/publications/hps-weekly-report/

      • Perhaps to get the full picture of what lockdown has actually caused to the health of the nation, we should be informed of the excess deaths numbers as a result of closing down the NHS.l