CORONAVIRUS: More than 10,000 deaths linked to Covid in Scotland

Number of coronavirus deaths has fallen for the tenth consecutive week

By Democrat reporter

West Dunbartonshire was named as one of the worst affected areas linked to coronavirus in Scotland where 10,000 people have died since the start of the pandemic, according to official figures released today.

National Records of Scotland (NRS) said Covid-19 had been listed on 9997 death certificates up to Sunday, April 4, although First Minister Nicola Sturgeon did not appear on TV to pass on the landmark figures to the public.

Since then, the Scottish Government has announced the deaths of six people who tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total to 10,003.

NRS also revealed the number of deaths has fallen for the tenth consecutive week, with 38 between March 29 and April 4.

However, it stressed the figures may have been affected by the public holiday on Good Friday and the number of registrations is “likely to be an undercount”.

Of the new NRS figures, the majority were in hospital at 29, with five at home or in non-institutional settings, and four in care homes.

There were 15 deaths in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board area, six in Ayrshire and Arran, and five in both Lanarkshire and Lothian.

At council level, the highest number of deaths occurred in Glasgow at six, followed by three in Edinburgh, East Dunbartonshire, North Lanarkshire, South Ayrshire and West Dunbartonshire.

NRS also reported that 47% of the deaths were of people aged 75 and over, with 21% under 65.

Out of the 38 deaths, 53% were male and 47% were female.

Pete Whitehouse, director of statistical services at NRS, said: “We are seeing an encouraging reduction in the number of deaths involving Covid-19, but I am very conscious that these figures represent painful losses for families across Scotland.

“While registered deaths continue to fall, care should be taken when interpreting this week’s figures. These have been affected by the recent public holiday as there may have been a delay in registering some deaths.”

Responding to Scotland passing 10,000 deaths from covid-19, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said that things were still not right in the areas of care homes and testing.

He said:  “When I think of 10,000 deaths, I think of 10,000 broken families and friends. I think of the pain and the loss.  For their sake we must learn the lessons of what went right and what went wrong.   

“With one of the highest numbers of people dead in Europe, Scotland has a special responsibility to conduct an early public inquiry. That inquiry must look at the lack of testing for new care home residents, the lack of preparation in the summer for the second wave in the autumn and the lack of asymptomatic testing to hunt down and drive out the virus.” 

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