Last updated 5 August 2020
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This post looks at the latest data from the Scottish Government on Coronavirus (COVID-19). It covers data on the number of positive tests for Coronavirus (COVID-19) and on deaths. It will be updated on a regular basis and we will continue to review the data and look at whether additional analysis would be useful. Unless otherwise stated all data is drawn from daily Scottish Government news releases.
The following charts look at the number of people newly tested for COVID-19 across Scotland to date, with a breakdown of negative and positive results, where the test has been processed through NHS Scotland labs.
- From 15 June, the number of people tested includes confirmed cases at UK Government Regional Testing Centres (RTCs).
Number of people tested and positive results in Scotland
Number of new people who have tested positive per day
The seven day averages used in this blog are averages of the seven days up to and including the latest available data.
Number of new people tested per day.
There is no data available for 15 June due to the update in the way the data is recorded.
Data on tests by NHS Health Board
A breakdown which includes confirmed cases at UK Government Regional Testing Centres by Health Board became available on the 18 June.
Number of positive tests by NHS Health Boards
These charts show the number of people who have died with Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Scottish deaths data has been revised to include all registered deaths where Coronavirus (COVID-19) was mentioned on the death certificate. The figures had previously only covered deaths where infection with the virus had been confirmed by a laboratory.
From 8 April, the figures include registered deaths where infection was confirmed by a laboratory, as well as those where infection has been presumed from a clinical diagnosis i.e. by an assessment of the person’s signs and symptoms. This allows for the inclusion of deaths in the community. More information on how the death statistics are recorded can be found in Coronavirus (COVID-19): How are deaths counted?
The graph below provides a comparison of the laboratory confirmed deaths from Health Protection Scotland with data from National Records of Scotland (NRS) where Coronavirus (COVID-19) was mentioned on the death certificate. As a result, the number of deaths involving Coronavirus (COVID-19) is higher than previous estimates.
Latest data from Health Protection Scotland (HPS)
The NRS data lags behind the HPS data due to the length of time it can take for deaths to be formally registered.
Total number of people in Scotland who have died with Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Daily number of people in Scotland who have died with Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Latest data from National Record of Scotland (NRS)
Latest update: 5 August
The new data is also broken down by age and sex, as well as by health board area. The data comes from the National Records of Scotland publication Deaths involving coronavirus (COVID-19) in Scotland. The health board data has been used to calculate the death rate per 10,000 in each area.
Number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) registered deaths by age and sex
Number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) registered deaths by NHS Health Boards
Number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) registered deaths for every 10,000 people by NHS Health Boards
Number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) registered deaths by location
Weekly data on Coronavirus (COVID-19) registered deaths by location
Number for deaths compared to five year average by week
Other institutions include clinics, medical centres, prisons and schools. There have currently been seven deaths recorded in other institutions.
Deaths at a local level
The National Records of Scotland have published data on deaths at a local level. We have produced an interactive map which allows you to explore this data.
Deaths by ethnicity
When a death is registered in Scotland, information about the ethnicity of the deceased person is collected, on a voluntary basis. The National Record of Scotland have produced a new dataset on ethnicity by linking records from the 2011 Census and death registration records.
The following chart shows death by ethnicity. A more detailed breakdown can be found on the National Record of Scotland website. The 2011 Census showed that the Scottish population was 4% minority ethnic. This data show that the number of minority ethnic deaths in Scotland relating to COVID-19 is between 1.4% and 2.7%.
Deaths by COVID-19 involvement and ethnicity, Scotland, occurring on or after 12 March and registered by 14 June 2020
The following graphs show a timeline for the number of patients admitted to hospital with confirmed or suspected Coronavirus (COVID-19), including those in Intensive Care Units (ICU). The Scottish Government has identified 3,000 inpatient beds to care for Coronavirus (COVID-19) patients and it is aiming for a total of 700+ ICU beds. There will also be the potential for an additional 1,000 beds at the Louisa Jordan Hospital in Glasgow.
From 22/07/2020, figures for suspected Covid-19 patients in hospital and suspected Covid-19 patients in ICU are longer published. These numbers were affected and became increasingly volatile after the implementation of increased patient screening.
Number of people in hospital with confirmed Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Coronavirus (COVID-19) inpatients compared to target inpatient bed capacity
Coronavirus (COVID-19) patients in ICU compared to target ICU capacity
The follows graphs look at Coronavirus (COVID-19) related absences of NHS staff. They look at both the numbers and the proportion of the absences for each staff group.
Number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) related absences of NHS staff
Proportion of NHS staff by staff group with Coronavirus (COVID-19) related absences (%)
Andrew Aiton, Data Visualisation Manager