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Region's death rate third lowest in Scotland

DUMFRIES and Galloway has had the third-lowest number of deaths caused by Covid-19 throughout the pandemic in Scotland.

Figures up to September 27, released by the National Records of Scotland (NRS), shows that Coronavirus deaths in the region occurred at a rate of 50.1 per 100,000, once adjusted with the age-standardised mortality rate.

So far 48 people have died as a result of the virus across Dumfries and Galloway with the most deaths registered in Lockerbie (11), Newton Stewart (4) and Rhins North (3).

However, in several areas such as Gretna, Annan West, Locharbriggs, Dumfries Central and Georgetown, no Covid deaths occurred.

Highland, with a rate of 37.7, and Moray with 40.4 deaths per 100,000 have seen the lowest Covid-19 death rates, aside from Orkney, Shetland and Na h-Eileanan Siar, where fatalities were too few for rates to be calculated.

Meanwhile, West Dunbartonshire saw the highest rate of all Scottish council areas with 314.3 deaths per 100,000, once adjusted for age.

Across Scotland, data shows that age-standardised death rates from Covid-19 were more than twice as high in large urban areas compared with accessible rural areas. Furthermore, it shows that across the board, men are 1.4 times more likely to die from getting the virus.

Pete Whitehouse, director of Statistical Services at NRS said: “More than three quarters of deaths were among those aged 75 and over, and after taking age into account, people were more likely to die with Covid-19 if they were male, if they lived in an urban area, or lived in a deprived area.”

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