Covid Scotland: Deaths among Pakistani ethnic group 3.7 times more likely to involve virus


Deaths among people of Pakistani descent in Scotland are almost four times more likely to involve Covid-19 than White Scots, according to an analysis.

Data from the National Records of Scotland (NRS) revealed that between March 12, 2020 and September 30, 2021, the odds ratio that the death of a Pakistani, Pakistani Scotsman, or Pakistani Briton involved the virus was 3.7 times higher.

Compared to White Scots, deaths among people of Chinese or Indian descent were 1.7 times more likely to involve Covid-19, while for other Asian ethnicities it was three times more likely.

Deaths among people of ‘Other British’ white ethnicity were 0.8 times more likely to involve Covid-19 than for White Scots.

The latest data from the NRS shows that 115 deaths mentioning Covid-19 on the death certificate were recorded between November 8 and 14, 25 fewer than the previous week.

Pete Whitehouse, director of statistical services at the NRS, said: “The number of deaths recorded by Covid-19 has fallen to its lowest level since early September.

“The next two weeks will provide valuable evidence as to whether the latest fall is the start of a sustained decline or a continuation of recent swings.

“Our analysis shows that there continues to be an increased risk of dying with Covid-19 among people living in the most disadvantaged areas of Scotland, and that deaths of people of Pakistani, Chinese, Indian ethnicity or other Asian are more likely to involve Covid-19 than those of people of white Scottish descent.


The likelihood of death among people of White, White Polish and White Irish ethnicity involving Covid-19 was not significantly different from that of White Scots, the NRS said.

As of November 14, 11,933 deaths had been recorded in Scotland where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

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Of the deaths in the week to November 14, 23 were people under 65, 32 were 65 to 74, and 60 were 75 or older.

Fife was the council area with the most fatalities at 15, followed by Glasgow City with 14 and South Lanarkshire with eight.

The statistics are published weekly and cover all deaths recorded in Scotland where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

They differ from the laboratory-confirmed coronavirus deaths reported daily by the Scottish government as the NRS figures include suspected or probable cases of Covid-19.

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The NRS analysis of deaths that occurred between March 2020 and October 2021 shows that after adjusting for age, people living in the most disadvantaged areas were 2.5 times more likely to die with Covid-19 than those living in the least disadvantaged areas.

The size of this gap widened by 2.1 over the period of the pandemic.


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