Chart of weekly deaths in Scotland


After peaking at 279 in the week ending 15 November, the number of deaths involving COVID-19 have reduced but at a much slower rate than after the spring peak.

The World Health Organisation recommends looking at several indicators when considering whether the epidemic is controlled. One of these is a decline in the number of deaths among confirmed and probable cases at least for the last 3 weeks.

As of 3 January 2021, there have been a total of 6,686 deaths registered where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate. The first mention of COVID-19 in a registered death certificate was the week beginning 16 March 2020. In the most recent week (28 December to 3 January), there were 183 deaths where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, a decrease of 17 from the previous week (21 to 27 December). 63 of these deaths took place in care homes, 111 in hospitals, and 9 at home or a non-institutional setting.

Source: National Records of Scotland