HM General Register House
2 Princes Street
Edinburgh EH1 3YY
Our ref: FoI/202100172206
29 March 2021
Dear J Grove,
Request under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA)
Thank you for your request of 8 March 2021 under the Freedom of Information
(Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA).
You asked us:
Under FOISA 2002 will the NRS provide all of the recorded provisional excess
mortality data by age group that has been calculated by the NRS for the year 2020?
It is understood that this will be provisional data and could change with time.”
Response to your request
The information you require is included in the accompanying table. You should note
that these figures are calculated by summing the weekly figures for the years in
question. This will give a slightly different result than figures based on calendar years
because the weeks at the beginning and end of a year can overlap with the previous
and subsequent years. We do not plan to publish final figures for the calendar year
2020 until summer.
These figures were calculated using the following sources:
1) Please find the following table https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/files//statistics/covid19/weekly-deaths-by-health-
which outlines weekly deaths registered in
2015 to 2019 by age group and sex. Please find the ‘Grand Total’ column in the pivot
table for a total breakdown of deaths by age group. These figures were divided by 5
to calculate the mean values for the period 2015-2019, for each age group.
2) Following this, please also see the figures in the ‘Year to Date’ column in Table 2
(2020) of the weekly covid-19 publication found here https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/files//statistics/covid19/covid-deaths-21-data-week-
for the provisional total number of deaths registered in 2020 by age group.
From these figures, the figures calculated from the first table were deducted to find
the excess deaths by age group.
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