Covid in Scotland: where are the latest cases?


According to the Scottish government, there have been 757,813 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Scotland and 9,707 people have died after a positive test for the virus.

This page looks at key figures from the Covid pandemic in Scotland and was last updated using data available at 2pm on 10 December.

Confirmed cases of Covid-19

Over the past seven days, 21,569 cases have been reported, with 5,018 cases confirmed on Friday.

The figures are based on the date of the test rather than when the test result was reported, which is the daily figure provided by the Scottish Government.

Due to the time it takes to process the tests and submit the records, the most recent figures in this chart are from four days ago.

The following graph shows that the average number of positive cases detected each day has been changing in Scotland over the last few weeks.

How fast is Omicron spreading in Scotland?

There are fears that the new variant of Omicron, first detected in Scotland in late November, may be more infectious than previous strains.

The Scottish government publishes daily figures on confirmed Omicron cases in Scotland, breaking down the figures by health council.

What is the Covid rate in my area?

Public Health Scotland publishes the total number of positive cases in each local authority on a daily basis.

Recent data often underestimates the number of positive tests, as there are sometimes delays before the results are recorded, so this graph uses figures from three days ago.

The Scottish Government also publishes figures on the number of cases in Scotland’s 14 health councils.

How is the proportion of positive tests changing?

The World Health Organization has highlighted the percentage of positive test results as a key indicator when assessing the status of a Covid-19 outbreak within a country.

His guide says that a weekly positivity rate that stays below 2% is an indication that Covid-19 community transmission is at low levels.

Other indicators include the number of cases, Covid-related deaths, and hospital admissions per 100,000 people.

The Scottish Government measures the positivity rate by dividing the number of positive tests per day by the total number of tests performed.

Killed by Covid-19

The spring outbreak peaked in mid-April 2020 and then declined mainly until the summer, when Scotland spent a long period of time without any deaths after a positive test for Covid. -19.

The death toll rose again in the fall as the second wave of the pandemic consolidated, finally reaching its peak in late January 2021.

The following graph shows the actual death date data, rather than the death record, so the most recent figures are subject to review.

There are three ways to count Covid-19 deaths.

The Scottish Government’s daily announcement counts deaths within 28 days of a positive test for Covid-19, while the National Records of Scotland (NRS) counts all death certificates that mention Covid-19, including if the person has not been tested for the virus.

The NRS also publishes data on excess deaths, compared to an average of five years.

The vaccination program

Pfizer-BioNTech, Oxford-AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines are currently being given in Scotland, and each requires two doses.

Older groups, people with underlying health problems and front-line health and social workers were prioritized in Scotland’s initial vaccination program, in line with the strategy set by the Joint Vaccination Committee. and Immunization.

The same priorities are being applied to the booster dose program that began in September.

How many people are in the hospital?

The coronavirus pandemic has created a huge burden on hospitals in Scotland.

At the height of the outbreak in the spring of 2020, there were more than 1,500 patients with Covid in the hospital, with more than 200 treated in intensive care.

Figures fell during the summer of 2020, but began to rise steadily last fall. In January 2021, the number of Covid patients in the hospital exceeded 2,000.

Only patients who test positive during their current hospital stay, or in the two weeks prior to admission, are counted by the Scottish Government as patients with Covid-19.

They are no longer classified as patients with Covid after 28 days in the hospital or 28 days after the positive test, whichever is later.

However, the Scottish government also publishes figures on patients with Covid-19 who have been treated in intensive care for more than 28 days.

What is the estimated R number in Scotland?

The R number, or reproduction number, is a way of assessing the ability of a disease to spread. It is the average number of people to whom an infected person will transmit the virus.

If the number of plays is greater than one, the number of cases increases exponentially.


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