Continuing Trend in Excess Deaths in Scotland : Weekly Update

Deaths Registered Weekly in Scotland from the National Records of Scotland 8th June 2023

  • The provisional total number of deaths registered in Scotland in week 22 of 2023 (29th May to 4th June) was 1,081 (92 or 9% above the 5-year average).  
  • As of 4th June 2023, there have been a total of 17,646 deaths registered in Scotland where the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was mentioned on the death certificate.
  • In week 22 there were 16 deaths involving COVID-19 (3 more than the previous week).
peaks and troughs for deaths involving Covid in Scotland shows consistent downward trend since March 2023

Deaths involving Covid in more detail for 29th May to 4th June:

Age 45 – 64: 2 deaths, 1 female, 1 male

Age 65 – 74: 4 deaths, 2 female, 2 male

Age 75 – 84: 5 deaths, 2 female, 3 male

Age 85+ : 5 deaths, 3 female, 2 male

There were 2 deaths in Care Homes, 2 at Home/ Non Institutional Setting, and 12 in Hospital

Of the 16 deaths involving Covid, Covid was the underlying cause in 11 of them

There were 1,081 deaths due to all causes, an excess over the 5 year average of 92 deaths.

There were excess deaths in Cancer +29; Respiratory +4; and Other Causes +68

Comparison graph of excess deaths in Scotland shows continuing excess

The mortality rate for April 2023 was 3% higher than the five year average for this time of year. The five year average does not include 2020 due to the unusual pattern of deaths in the first year of the pandemic.

The full report Monthly Mortality Analysis, Scotland, April 2023 can be found on the NRS website.

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