The number of covid-related deaths among Scots under the age of 45 has reached almost half of the total for 2020 in the first few months of this year.

The latest National Records of Scotland (NRS) statistics, published yesterday, show that covid may have been a factor in the deaths of 20 people under 45 years old since January 4 – 12 of those people male and nine female.

This includes a male child aged between 1 and 14 years old, who sadly passed away in the week beginning February 8 – marking the first time since the pandemic began that a person between those ages has died in Scotland with covid on their death certificate.

National Records stats are higher than the Scottish Government’s death toll, which counts those who have died after testing positive for coronavirus. The NRS figures, in contrast, count anyone who has covid listed on their death certificate as a possible contributing factor.

Last year’s NRS statistics show that a total of 45 deaths occurred among people aged under 45 where covid was mentioned on the death certificate – this accounts for the first 10 months of the pandemic from March to the end of December, and therefore the virus’s peak.

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Those 2020 figures include a female baby under one year old who tragically died in December and 44 people aged between 15 and 44.

Speaking about the latest NRS statistics during FMQs in Parliament yesterday, Nicola Sturgeon said: “National Records of Scotland has just published its weekly update, which includes cases where Covid is a suspected or contributory cause of death and today’s update shows that, by Sunday, the total number of registered deaths linked to Covid under the wider definition was 9,053.

“323 of these were registered last week. That is 54 fewer than over the previous week. And again, my condolences go to everyone who has lost someone.”

Meanwhile there have been 264 deaths since the start of 2021 among people aged between 45 and 64 where covid was mentioned on the death certificate, compared to a total of 599 in the first 10 months of the pandemic.

The statistics also indicate that of the 2,360 deaths in 2021 so far where covid was mentioned on the death certificate, 590 have occurred within the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area – accounting for exactly 25% of all deaths in Scotland.

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