Men are “significantly” more likely to die with Covid-19 than women once age is taken into account, according to new analysis.
Date from National Records of Scotland (NRS) found that males were 1.4 times more likely to die than females once age has been factored in.
The average age at death for those who died with Covid-19 was 79 for men and 84 for women, the NRS Scotland’s Population report showed.
Up to Sunday September 27 2020, there have been 4,257 deaths registered in Scotland where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.
NRS analysis of data gathered between mid-March and mid-September showed that mortality rates were over four times higher in large urban areas than in remote rural areas.
After adjusting for age, people in the most deprived areas were twice as likely to die with Covid-19 as those living in the least deprived areas.
West Dunbartonshire had the highest age-standardised death rate of all council areas with 314.3 deaths per 100,000 population.
This was closely followed by Midlothian (294.3), Glasgow City (291) and Inverclyde (280).
Highland (37.5), Moray (40.4) and Dumfries and Galloway (50.1) had the lowest rates, in addition to Orkney and Shetland whose numbers NRS said were too low to calculate rates, and the Western Isles (Na hEileanan Siar) where there were no deaths.
After adjusting for age, people in West Dunbartonshire were eight times as likely to die compared to those in Highland.
More than three quarters (77%) of all those who died were aged 75 or over and 43% were aged 85 or over.
Pete Whitehouse, director of statistical services at NRS, said: “Today’s report describes how the number of deaths involving Covid-19 increased sharply in the first six weeks of the pandemic, before falling again, with numbers remaining very low since July.
“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.”
There were 382 deaths among those aged under 65 (9% of all deaths) and no deaths under the age of 25.
To date, 46% of Covid-19 deaths have occurred in care homes and another 47% of deaths in hospitals, while around 7% of deaths have occurred at home or in non-institutional settings.
The report also said that adjusting for age and population, Scotland had the third highest excess death rate in Europe for Covid-19.