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COVID-19 and death statistics for Scotland: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Published:
30 Nov 2020
COVID-19 and death statistics for Scotland: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/202000112280
Date received: 17 Nov 2020
Date responded: 30 Nov 2020
Information requested

What is Scotland's death rates by cause for each month of the years 2000, 2005,2010,2015 and 2020 to date.

Plus the following for 2020:

1. Deaths of people with Covid and Covid alone
2. Death where covid was marked on the death certificate but not tested for but just suspected.
3. Deaths of people with already underlying health conditions, who were covid positive but wasn't an contributing factor
4. Deaths of people with normal seasonal flu
5. Deaths of people with normal seasonal flu already with underlying health conditions
6. Deaths of people for other reasons with no Covid

Response

Most of the information you have requested is available from National Records of Scotland (NRS). Monthly mortality statistics by selected causes of death are available at the link that follows here:

Mortality statistics: https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/statistics-and-data/statistics/statistics-by-theme/vital-events/general-publications/weekly-and-monthly-data-on-births-and-deaths/monthly-data-on-births-and-deaths-registered-in-scotland

Statistics on COVID-19 are available on the NRS website here: https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/covid19stats

Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you. If, however, you do not have internet access to obtain this information from the website(s) listed, then please contact me again and I will send you a paper copy.

While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the Scottish Government does not have the information you have requested. The reasons why we don't have the information are explained below.

The Scottish Government does not have the information you have asked for because National Records of Scotland has the information you are looking for.

This is a formal notice under section 17(1) of FOISA that the Scottish Government does not have the information you have requested.

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