Covid-19 Statistics (Scotland)

Gender based statistics for Covid-19 deaths (last updated with National Records of Scotland figures, 16 Sept)

In Scotland, there have been slightly more female deaths than male. However, in people under 85, 58% of deaths are male.

By the week beginning 3 August (week 32), there had been 4213 deaths in Scotland mentioning Covid-19 on the death certificate. Deaths have been in single figures since early July and weekly totals have been falling since mid-April. The proportion of male deaths appears lower in Scotland than in England and Wales which may be the result of the small number of Scots men aged 85+. Women outnumber men two to one in this age group.

The Scottish government says that as the number of deaths from all causes has now returned to average levels and the weekly counts of deaths involving Covid-19 are very low, they will now release data monthly rather than weekly (meaning the next update here will be in October 2020).

Since the Covid-19 pandemic began in mid-March, there have been some 5,000 excess deaths in Scotland compared to the five-year average. 

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