Covid in Scotland: Where are the latest cases?

According to the Scottish Government, there were 1,010,660 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Scotland and 9,890 people died after a positive virus test.

This page analyzes key figures for the Covid pandemic in Scotland and was last updated by numbers available at 14:00 on 6 January.

Confirmed cases of Covid-19

In the last seven days 108 046 cases have been reported with 11 360 cases confirmed on Wednesday.

However, the Scottish Government has said that the reporting of some results continues to be delayed due to the greater volume of tests that laboratories process.

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

Due to the time it takes to process tests and submit records, the most recent data in this chart is from five days ago.

The following graph shows how the average number of positive cases detected each day has changed over the last few weeks.

What is the rate of Covid disease in my area?

The total number of positive cases in each local authority is published daily by Public Health Scotland.

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

The Scottish Government also publishes case figures across 14 Scottish health authorities.

How is Scotland compared to the rest of Europe?

The World Health Organization (WHO) calculates a weekly rate of infected people per 100,000 people for all regions of Europe.

How does the proportion of positive tests change?

The World Health Organization has highlighted the percentage of positive test results as a key indicator in assessing the state of the Covid-19 outbreak in a given country.

His guidelines say that the weekly positivity rate, which remains below 2%, is one indication that Covid-19 community transmission is low.

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

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

Deaths at Covid-19

The spring outbreak peaked in mid-April 2020 and then mostly declined until the summer, when Scotland lasted a long time, with no deaths after a positive test on Covid-19.

The rate of new deaths increased again in the autumn of 2020, when the second wave of the pandemic took hold, and finally peaked at the end of January 2021.

The deaths at Covid continued throughout 2021, but the vaccination program still keeps the number lower than previous waves, despite a higher number of cases.

The graph below shows data related to the actual date of death, not death registration, so the most recent data is subject to revision.

There are three ways to count the deaths on Covid-19.

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, even if the person has not been tested for the virus.

The NRS also publishes data on excessive deaths compared to the five-year average.

The NRS does not publish its weekly report of deaths in Covid on December 29. Data on excessive deaths and death certificates mentioning Covid will be further updated on 7 January.

Vaccination program

Pfizer-BioNTech, Oxford-AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines are currently administered in Scotland, each requiring two doses.

Older age groups, people with basic health problems and leading health and social workers have been given priority in Scotland’s initial vaccination program in line with the strategy set out by the Joint Vaccination and Immunization Committee.

The same priorities are applied to the booster benefits program, which began in September.

How many people are in the hospital?

The coronavirus pandemic has put a huge strain on Scottish hospitals.

At the height of the epidemic in the spring of 2020, the hospital had more than 1,500 patients with Covid and more than 200 were treated in the intensive care unit.

The numbers decreased in the summer of 2020, but last autumn they started to rise steadily again. In January 2021, the number of patients with Covid in the hospital exceeded 2,000.

Only patients who have tested positive during their current hospital stay or two weeks before admission are counted as Covid-19 by the Scottish Government.

After 28 days in the hospital or 28 days after their positive test, they are no longer classified as covid patients, whichever comes later.

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

What is the estimated number of R in Scotland?

The R number, or reproductive number, is a way of assessing the ability of a disease to spread. This is the average number of people to whom one infected person transmits the virus.

If the reproductive number is higher than one, then the number of cases increases exponentially.


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