Records Office will reveal details of people dying, their ages and where?

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The daily figures from Health Protection Scotland will still be published, but additional figures from the National Records of Scotland (NRS) will now be released every Wednesday.

These new figures include all cases where Covid-19 is mentioned on a death certificate, even if the patient was not in hospital and had not been tested – and even if the virus was just one of a number of factors.

There will also be additional details, including the age and gender of the patient who died.

The wider definition of what constitutes a coronavirus death means that Scotland’s death rate is higher than has been previously reported.

Data from the NRS shows a total of 354 deaths had been linked to the virus as of 5 April. This compares to a figure of 220 deaths reported on that day using Health Protection Scotland data.

The NRS will also give a weekly breakdown of the age and gender of patients whose death was connected to Covid-19.

The data so far shows that the age group with the highest number of deaths is 75 to 84-year-olds. But the virus has caused four deaths in the 15 to 44-year-old age bracket.

No-one under 15 years old has died from the virus in Scotland.

Health board Total deaths Covid-19 deaths Percentage of Covid-19 deaths
Ayrshire & Arran 1,451 27 1.90%
Borders 424 16 3.80%
Dumfries &Galloway 603 12 2.00%
Fife 1,174 15 1.30%
Forth Valley 997 27 2.70%
Grampian 1,719 12 0.70%
Greater Glasgow & Clyde 3,774 122 3.20%
Highland 1,095 16 1.50%
Lanarkshire 2,210 48 2.20%
Lothian 2,410 41 1.70%
Orkney 62 0 0.00%
Shetland 62 1 1.60%
Tayside 1,460 17 1.20%
Western Isles 112 0 0.00%

Figures correct as of 5 April 2020

Source: National Records of Scotland

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