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Total coronavirus deaths in Scotland pass 2,200

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The total number of deaths linked to coronavirus in Scotland has reached 2,272, new figures have shown.

A further 656 deaths involving Covid-19 were recorded in the week to 26 April – more than half of them in care homes.

The data from the National Records of Scotland (NRS) includes all cases where the virus is mentioned on a death certificate as a potential cause.

This provides a wider picture than the figures announced each day, which cover cases confirmed by laboratory testing.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has also confirmed that six members of NHS staff and five members of social care staff have died after contracting the virus.

Ms Sturgeon said that it was “not necessarily the case” that all of the staff members contracted the virus through their work, and in some cases people may not have been in their workplace for some time.

She added: “It is really important for us to understand how many frontline workers lose their lives from this virus and it is also really important that we ensure appropriate investigation into the circumstances and of course learn any lessons that we can.”

According to NRS, coronavirus was involved in more than a third – 36% – of all deaths registered in Scotland between 20 and 26 April.

Just over half of the 2,272 deaths have happened in hospitals, with 39% of them in care homes and 9% at home or in non-institutional settings.

People aged 75 or over accounted for 74% of the deaths, with only 17 of those who died being under the age of 45.

In the most recent week, more than half of the deaths recorded occurred in care homes – and one in seven of all deaths in care homes in 2020 have been linked to Covid-19.

Scotland’s coronavirus deaths

Comparing HPS and NRS data

The virus has also affected some areas more severely than others. The Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board area has reported the highest rate of deaths, at 6.3 per 10,000 people, while the Western Isles has reported no deaths at all.

The data also shows that there have been 3,116 more deaths in the last four weeks than would be expected based on the average of the past five years.

While the majority of these were linked to coronavirus, concerns have been raised about “excess” deaths due to other causes.

This includes 340 deaths linked to dementia or Alzheimers, and 194 of heart disease or stroke patients.

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