National Records of Scotland publish the number of deaths as a result of Covid-19 on Wednesday each week.

Deaths involving COVID-19
Week 27 – 29th June to 5th July 2020

As at 5th July, 4,173  deaths have been registered in Scotland where the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was mentioned on the death certificate, an increase of 17 deaths from the previous week, according to statistics published by National Records of Scotland (NRS) today.

From 29th June to 5th July, 40 fewer deaths from all causes were registered compared with the average number for this time of year. This is the second week in a row the total number of deaths registered has been lower than the average.

New analysis of deaths registered up to 14th June shows that deaths among people from the South Asian ethnic group were almost twice as likely to involve COVID-19 than deaths in the White ethnic group, after accounting for age group, sex, area deprivation and urban rural classification.

Pete Whitehouse, Director of Statistical Services, said:  “For the first time, we have produced additional analysis on deaths involving COVID-19 by ethnic group and the findings show that over the course of the pandemic to date, COVID-19 was a more common cause of death for people in the South Asian ethnic group, compared to people in the White ethnic group. Every death from this virus is a tragedy and these statistics represent the heartbreak of many families across the country who have lost loved ones.

“Understanding the impact of how the virus differs by ethnic group is vitally important, however, due to the low number of completed records for deaths involving COVID-19 in other minority ethnic groups, it is not possible to produce statistics for these groups. NRS will continue to play our part and work alongside Public Health Scotland and the Scottish Government to provide robust information to help us understand the progression and impact of the virus.”


The next phase in the relaxation of coronavirus restrictions has been indicated and will be formally announced on 9 July 2020.

10 July 2020
People can meet in extended groups outdoors (with physical distancing) Households can meet indoors with up to a maximum of two other households
13 July 2020
Organised outdoor contact sports can resume for children and young people (subject to guidance)
All dental practices begin to see registered patients for non-aerosol routine care.
Work will begin to return aerosol generating procedures to practice safely
Increasing capacity within community optometry practices for emergency and essential eye care
Non-essential shops inside shopping centres can re-open (following guidance and with physical distancing)
15 July 2020
All holiday accommodation permitted (following relevant guidance)
Indoor hospitality (subject to physical distancing rules and public health advice)Hairdressers and barbers – with enhanced hygiene measures
Museums, galleries, cinemas, monuments, libraries – with physical distancing and other measures (e.g. ticketing in advance)
All childcare providers can open subject to individual provider arrangements