The number of people who died in Scotland over the winter months was the highest in more than 30 years, according to official figures. There were 17,771 deaths registered in the first three months of this year – 2,060 more than in the same period of 2017 and the highest since 1986. A spike in the number of people dying from flu and other respiratory diseases accounted for much of the rise. The UK suffered its worst flu outbreak in seven years over the winter. The flu rate in Scotland doubled in each of the first two weeks of the year before peaking in mid-January and then returning to normal seasonal levels. The country also suffered its worst winter weather in decades.
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