COVID-19 Wider Impacts - Excess Deaths
Data and Resources
Deaths By Health Board, Age and SexCSV
Information on the weekly number of deaths from all causes in Scotland as...
Deaths By HSCP, Age and SexCSV
Information on the weekly number of deaths from all causes in Scotland, as...
Deaths By DeprivationCSV
Information on the weekly number of deaths from all causes in Scotland,...
|Author||National Records of Scotland|
|Maintainer||Public Health Scotland|
|Last Updated||March 2, 2022, 12:06 (GMT)|
|Created||June 10, 2020, 10:24 (BST)|
|Contact Address||Public Health Scotland, Gyle Square, 1 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh EH12 9EB|
|Subject||COVID-19 Impact, Mortality|
|Time frame of data and timeliness||Information is provided on different topics as quickly as possible, given the different time lags that apply to different national data sources. For example, Public Health Scotland receives information on patients attending Accident & Emergency within days; but there can be a delay of at least six weeks before we receive detailed information on patients discharged from hospital after having a baby.|
|Coverage||Numbers of deaths represent the total number of deaths (from any cause) that were registered in Scotland in any particular week. Deaths related to COVID-19 are included in totals. Figures include non-residents. Deaths are allocated to area based on the usual residence of the deceased. If the deceased was not a Scottish resident, the death is allocated to the area where the death occurred.|
|Completeness||All deaths ocurring in Scotland must be registered. Of course, it is not possible to guarantee that every death which occurs in Scotland will be registered, because there will be some events which are not known of by any authority. For example, if there were a murder, with the body disposed of and no other evidence of what had happened, then a death would have occurred but would not be registered. For more information, please see Background Information on the NRS website, and Quality of Data Obtained from Registrations (See Links).|
|Accuracy||Please see Background Information on the NRS website and Quality of Data Obtained from Registrations (See Links)|
|Continuity of data||Data are comparable for the whole period included.|
|Concepts and definitions||Deaths related to COVID-19 are included in totals. The figures are based on the date a death was registered rather than the date the death occurred. When someone dies, their family (or a representative) have to make an appointment with a registrar to register the death. Legally this must be done within 8 days, although in practice there is, on average, a 3 day gap between a death occurring and being registered. More information on days between occurrence and registration, and other key concepts, can be be found on the NRS website (See Links).|
|Disclosure||Disclosure control methods have been applied to the data in order to protect patient confidentiality.|
|Revision statement||Figures contained within each publication may be subject to change in future releases as submissions may be updated to reflect a more accurate and complete set of data.|
|Official statistics designation||Management Information Statistics|
|Relevance and key uses of the statistics||The data are used to describe the current impact and the severity of COVID-19 in Scotland. Such information allows comparison with prior influenza seasons and with current activity across the UK, Europe and globally. Numbers of deaths represent the total number of deaths (from any cause) that were registered in Scotland in any particular week. Comparing the number of deaths in the most recent weeks to the average over the past 5 years allows estimation of the numbers of excess deaths.|