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Scottish data shows excess deaths increased during Covid-19

National Records of Scotland (NRS) have released data showing that the number of people who died in Scotland at the height of the coronavirus outbreak was a third higher than usual. While around 83% of excess deaths were attributed to Covid-19, there was also an increase in deaths from diabetes, dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease, which were about a quarter higher than the five-year average.  

While it is thought that fewer people seeking help for other conditions during the pandemic may also have contributed to the increase in excess deaths, deaths from transport accidents were down by 69.1%, illustrating the profound impact Covid-19 and associated distancing measures have had on population demographics. 

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