Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Scotland – headline statistics

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The blog provides a update on the latest headline statistics on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Scotland. It is updated on Wednesday afternoons.

Testing

Testing data comes from Public Health Scotland (PHS). The number of tests for each day reflect activity within the 24-hour period from midnight to midnight the previous day. The following image provides data from two sources of of testing:

As reported by NHS labs – this figure is higher than the number of people tested, as people could have more than one test.

Reported from the UK Government testing programme – including those reported from home testing kits and the social care portal, as well as drive throughs and mobile units.

Total number of daily tests by testing source

Source: Scottish Government

Cases

This section provides information on the daily number of cases. Until 14 June 2020 these numbers were based on tests carried out through NHS Scotland labs only. From 15 June 2020 they also include people tested through the UK Government testing programme.

Number of daily Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases 

Source: Scottish Government

The following images show the positivity rate, which is the number of new positive cases as a percentage of the number of people newly tested.

Coronavirus (COVID 19) test positivity rate

Source: Scottish Government

Hospitalisations

This section provides information on the number of patients in hospital. It includes numbers for:

  • COVID-19 patients in ICU or combined ICU/HDU (with length of stay 28 days or less)
  • COVID-19 patients in hospital (including those in ICU) (with length of stay 28 days or less)
  • COVID-19 patients in ICU or combined ICU/HDU (with length of stay more than 28 days)

Number of people in hospital and ICU/HDU with Coronavirus (COVID 19)

Source: Scottish Government

Deaths

This section provides information on COVID-19 deaths. It provides the total figure recorded by Health Protection Scotland (HPS) and the National Records of Scotland (NRS). HPS and NRS use different measures:

  • Health Protection Scotland (HPS) – count all people who have had a positive test for COVID-19 and died within 28 days of their first positive test.
  • National Records of Scotland (NRS) – all deaths where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate by the doctor who certified the death. This includes cases where the doctor noted that there was suspected or probable coronavirus infection involved in the death.

Both are based on date of registration of the deaths.

Total number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths as recorded by Health Protection Scotland and National Records of Scotland

Source: Scottish Government and National Records of Scotland

This chart shows the daily number of deaths recorded under the PHS measure.

Daily Coronavirus (COVID 19) deaths as recorded by Health Protection Scotland (HPS)

Source: Scottish Government

Andrew Aiton, Data Visualisation Manager, SPICe