In the first six months of the pandemic in Scotland, the number of suicide, assault and self-harm fatalities rose by at least a quarter, although the true figure is likely to be higher.
The data also reveals that since the pandemic struck Scotland, almost 16,000 people have died in their own homes – a rise of more than 4,600 compared to previous years.
After the entire mainland was plunged into level four restrictions for at least three weeks on Boxing Day, this comes amid Scotland’s second de facto lockdown.
Figures collected by the National Records of Scotland show that between April and the end of September this year, 481 deaths from “deliberate self-harm, assault and undetermined intent” occurred, 19 percent higher than the five-year average of 405.
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The NRS data also indicates that compared to previous years, the number of deaths from self-inflicted injuries and assaults has risen steadily in 2020.
There were 201 deaths in this group in the first quarter of 2020, from January through March, 4 percent more than the five-year average.
However, there were 226 deaths between April and June, 14 percent more than the average, and there were 255 deaths between July and September, 23 percent more than the average.
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This was described by Chief Executive Angiolina Foster as a “very identifiable and alarming trend.”
There is also some evidence of a rise in diabetes deaths, with 515 deaths, up 15 percent from the five-year average of 446, between April and September this year.
The charity Diabetes UK warned earlier this year that there was a possibility that patients would die due to treatment delays or by failing to seek medical attention during the closure.
With the exception of coronavirus, the number of deaths from ‘parasitic and infectious diseases’ also increased by 7%, with 345 registered between April and September this year, 23 more than the average.
Deaths from digestive system diseases – including disorders such as acute pancreatitis – rose 7 percent from an average of 1,496 to 1,606 in the six months since April.
Sudden abdominal pain, fever, nausea and diarrhea are characterized by acute pancreatitis.
It can be activated by drinking too much alcohol and, in some cases, if not treated, can lead to fatal complications.
Medical experts suggest that when outside, the public should be advised to wear face masks.
In the NRS weekly death statistics, these deaths are among those listed under “other” causes.
The new excess death numbers also indicate that since the pandemic, deaths at home have risen more than in hospitals, nursing homes, or other environments, such as jails.
There were 15,830 deaths at home and in “non-institutional” settings between March 16 and Dec. 13, including public areas such as parks or shopping malls.
That’s an overall 41 percent rise, while hospital casualties dropped 3 percent, mostly due to a decline in admissions for some complicated elective surgeries.
This year, nursing home deaths were 24 percent higher than normal, but this was almost entirely due to infections with Covid 19.
Coronavirus, by contrast, was responsible for just 305 of this year’s 4,641 above-average deaths in nursing homes.
Under the NRS umbrella term “other” causes, there were 1,138 deaths (25 percent) recorded-which can include anything from suicide to pancreatitis-but the majority (37 percent) of excess home deaths occurred during the course of the NRS umbrella term “other” causes-which can include anything from suicide to pancreatitis.