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The number of deaths registered in Scotland in the second quarter of 2023 was up 7% on the average for this time of year, according to new statistics from National Records of Scotland.

Analysis on the 14,987 deaths shows the death rate was 1% higher than the average for April to June. This takes into consideration the population has been growing and getting older over time.

The Quarter 2 Vital Events report also notes 11,061 births were registered, 9.1% lower than the average for the quarter in recent years.

There were 7,628 marriages which is half a percent lower than the recent average.

Daniel Burns, Vital Events Statistician at National Records of Scotland, said: “This quarter saw an increase in deaths from a range of causes including cancer, coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease and respiratory disease.

“While the number of deaths was up by 7% this doesn’t take into account the changing size and age profile of the population so the mortality rate is the more accurate measure to use.”

These figures are provisional and subject to change. The report and the associated data is available on the NRS website here:

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