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Coronavirus in Moray and Aberdeenshire: Covid deaths four times less likely in rural areas

By Alistair Whitfield

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Covid-19 has now been mentioned upon 4236 death certificates in Scotland, according to statistics published today by the National Records of Scotland.

The agency adds that during the week leading up to last Saturday there were five deaths registered, two of which occurred in a care home and three in a hospital.

To place these statistics in context, the total number of deaths of whatever type during the week was 1056. This number is 5% higher than the average over the previous five years.

Analysis was also published which showed that, adjusting for age, people in the most deprived areas were just over two times more likely to die from Covid-19 than those living in the least deprived areas.

Meanwhile, people living in larger urban areas were over four times more likely to die than those in remote rural locations.

Additionally, of those who died with Covid-19 between March 1 and August 31, 92% had at least one pre-existing condition.

The most common main pre-existing condition was dementia and Alzheimer’s disease (31%) followed by ischaemic heart disease (13%).

Alan Ferrier, head of demographic statistics, said: "Every death from this virus represents heartbreak for families and communities across the country who have lost loved ones.

"However, since mid-July the number of deaths involving Covid-19 have remained relatively low, averaging out at one death every other day.

"The updated analysis once again shows that Covid-19 mortality rates are higher in urban, more populated areas, and in areas of highest deprivation."

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