HM General Register House
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Edinburgh EH1 3YY
Our ref: FoI/202100137964
18 January 2021
Dear Mrs. Laing,
Request under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA)
Thank you for your request dated 13 January 2021 under the Freedom of
Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA).
You asked us: “I would like to know how many covid 19 ONLY deaths have been
registered in 2020, in Scotland. NOT covid 19 related deaths.”
Response to your request
In our weekly Covid-19 statistics publication, we provide figures on both the number
of deaths where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate (either as the
underlying cause or as a contributory factor) and on deaths where Covid-19 was the
underlying cause of death. For this reason, the information you require for deaths
where Covid-19 was the underlying cause of death is available from Table 3 (2021)
and Table 3 (2020)
in the weekly publication Deaths involving coronavirus (COVID-
19) in Scotland | National Records of Scotland (nrscotland.gov.uk)
the most recent of
which can be found here https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/files//statistics/covid19/covid-
May I direct you specifically to the ‘COVID-19’ row
under the ‘Registered deaths: 2021’ and ‘Registered deaths: 2020’ sub-categories
for the weekly figures that you require.
Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to provide you with information if it is
already reasonably accessible to you.
Your right to request a review
If you are unhappy with this response to your FOI request, you may ask us to carry
out an internal review of the response, by writing to:
Information Governance Team
National Records of Scotland
Your review request should explain why you are dissatisfied with this response, and
should be made within 40 working days from the date when you received this letter.
We will complete the review and tell you the result, within 20 working days from the
date when we receive your review request.
If you are not satisfied with the result of the review, you then have the right to appeal
to the Scottish Information Commissioner. More detailed information on your rights
is available on the Commissioner’s website at: http://www.itspublicknowledge.info/YourRights/Unhappywiththeresponse/Appealingto