Scotland
Coronavirus Tracker

Scotland Coronavirus Tracker

Last Updated: 16th September

Page is updated by 3pm daily. Follow me on Twitter for any updates!

Page is updated by 3pm daily.
Follow me on Twitter for any updates!

Cases

517,216

Deaths

8,319

+26

In Hospital

1,054

-25

In ICU

94

+3

This chart shows the number of new cases and deaths reported each day throughout Scotland. The dotted lines also show the moving 7 day average of each. You can deselect 'New Cases' by clicking on it, which will make it easier to see the death figures.

 

A new case is someone who has tested positive for the virus on a PCR test. A new death is someone who has died from any cause within 28 days of testing positive for the virus on a PCR test.

Daily Increase by Council Area

New Cases
New Deaths

September 16th at a Glance 

  • Vaccinations
  • Testing
  • Cases
  • Hospital/ICU
  • Deaths

No new vaccination data is available today.

No new testing data is available today.

No new case data is available today.

There are currently 1,054 people in hospital throughout Scotland who have recently tested positive for the virus. This is 25 fewer than yesterday, but 126 more than a week ago.

From that 1,054 number, 94 are currently in ICU. This is 3 more than yesterday, and 7 more than a week ago.

Sadly, 26 new deaths were reported today, which is a decrease from yesterdays figure of 30 new deaths. We are currently averaging about 15.6 new deaths per day, which is an increase from this time last week, when we were averaging 9.4.

The total number of deaths within 28 days of a positive test is currently at 8,319. If we also take into account deaths where no test was conducted, but the virus was still mentioned on the death certificate as a suspected cause of death, then the total number of deaths from the virus is at least 10,688.

Percentage in Scotland who…

have been tested

55.1%

roughly every 1 in 1.8 people

have tested positive

9.46%

roughly every 1 in 11 people

have lost their lives

0.15%

roughly every 1 in 660 people

Percentage of Tests Positive

This chart shows what percentage of new tests conducted each day are positive, and also what percentage of new tests conducted over the past 7 days have been positive (based on reporting date). By looking at this, we can understand case trends better, as the positivity rate also accounts for changes in testing levels.

 

For example, if on Monday we report 1,000 new tests, and 100 of them are positive, then that is a positivity rate of 10%. Then if on Tuesday we report new 2,000 tests, and 200 of them are positive, then that is still a positivity rate of 10%. Suggesting that the reason cases have doubled from Monday to Tuesday is just because we conducted twice as many tests!   

 

Ideally we want the positivity rate to be as low as possible. When the rate goes over 5%, the pandemic is thought to be out of control. For this reason, any figures above 5% on the chart will be in red (boo), and any figures below 5% will be green (yay).

 

 

Tests Conducted

This chart shows the number of new tests conducted, and new people tested each day (based on reporting date). The dotted lines also show the moving 7 day average of each.

 

The number of new tests conducted means the number of PCR tests carried out (lateral flow tests are not included in any figures on this page). If one person takes three PCR tests on the same day, then all three tests are included in these figures.

 

The number of new people tested means the number of people who have had their first ever PCR test. Using the previous example, that person would only be included in these figures once, assuming they had not taken any PCR tests before that date. If someone took a PCR test in March 2020, and then a second in August 2021, they would still only be included as one individual person tested. 

 

The people tested figures will not be updated on Saturday or Sunday.

Percentage of Tests Positive
Tests Conducted

Total Tests Conducted

9,769,739

Percentage of Tests Positive

Today

0%

Past 7 Days

0%

Total People Tested

3,011,668

Daily Increases

This chart shows the number of new vaccinations reported each day, split by first and second dose (based on reporting date).

 

Total Coverage

This chart shows what percentage of Scotlands total population have had their first and second doses of the vaccine, both in total and in the past week specifically. There is also a third bar, which shows Scotlands total population split by age range, just for reference. 

Daily Increases
Total Coverage

Vaccinated with First Dose

4,146,847

That is 75.9% of Scotland,

and 90.9% of everyone over 16!

Vaccinated with Second Dose

3,791,597

That is 69.4% of Scotland,

and 83.3% of everyone over 16!

This chart shows the entire Scottish population, with each dot representing about 20,000 people. It shows those who have only had their first dose of the vaccine (yellow), those who have had both doses (green), those who are eligible for the vaccine but have not had any doses (grey), and finally those who are not currently eligible for the vaccine (which is most children in the 12-15 age range, and all children under the age of 12).

 

You can deselect 'Not Eligible' by clicking on it, and then the chart will just display the vaccination status of the eligible Scottish population.

This chart shows the running total number of first and second doses which had been administered on each day of the pandemic, and what percentage of the total population this covered. 

 

You can hover over a specific day to see the figures for it in a popup! 

Total Coverage

This chart shows the total number of people in each age group who have had their first and second dose of the vaccine. You can select an age group to see more specific figures for it. 

 

The coverage figures are calculated using the NRS mid-2020 population estimates. As these estimates aren't completely accurate, and vaccine uptake has been so high, it has resulted in the coverage figures for some age groups going beyond 100%. The true figure for these age groups is likely somewhere in the high 90s. 

 

 

Past 7 Days

This chart shows the number of first and second doses which have been administered in each age group over the past 7 days (based on reporting date). You can deselect either 'First Doses' or 'Second Doses', and it will show the figures for the remaining selection more clearly. 

Total Coverage
This Week

This chart shows the total vaccination coverage of the initial priority groups outlined at the beginning of our vaccination rollout, and also at risk 12-15 year olds. Please see the 'Additional Information / Clafications' section at the bottom of this page for more information about each of the groups listed here.

This chart shows the number of covid hospital admissions in each age group. You can use the drop-down menu to view the number of new admissions this week, last week, and in total since the beginning of the pandemic. You can also switch between the actual figures, and the per 100k population figures. 

 

A covid hospital admission is classified as someone who has either tested positive on a PCR test within the 14 days prior to admission, or has tested positive on a PCR test during their stay in hospital. 

Currently In Hospital

This chart shows the total number of people who are in hospital each day with covid, and also how many of these patients are in ICU. Someone is counted as a covid patient if they tested positive on a PCR test in the 14 days prior to their admission, or if they test positive on a PCR test during their stay in hospital. Patients stop being counted once they are discharged, or if they have been in hospital for longer than 28 days.

 

The decrease seen in September 2020 was because of a change in methodology.

 

 

New Admissions

This chart shows the number of people who are admitted into hospital (and ICU specifically) each day with covid. Someone is counted as a covid admission if they tested positive on a PCR test in the 14 days prior to their admission (or the 21 days prior to their ICU admission), or if they test positive on a PCR test during their stay in hospital. The figures here are based on the date of admission, and not just the reported date. 

 

This chart will be updated once a week on Wednesday.

Currently In Hospital
New Admissions

Cases

This chart shows the number of new cases each day by specimen date (the day the test was conducted, rather than just the day the result was reported). For example, if someone takes a test on Wednesday, and the result is reported back as positive on Friday, then that new case will be included in the figures on Friday as a 'new case reported'. However, the person actually tested positive on Wednesday. So this chart helps us to see how many people tested positive on each day more accurately!

 

On the chart, each column shows the total number of new cases identified per day. The darker blue columns (mainly found in the most recent days) show specifically what day the new cases which were reported today are from. The dotted line shows the 7-day average number of new daily cases, however it ignores the most recent 3 days, as tests conducted on these days won't all have their results in yet, and therefore the figures shown are likely to be an undercount which will increase further in the coming days.

 

For example, if today is the 7th of August, then the 7-day average will count up to the 4th of August. Tests conducted on the 5th and 6th of August will not all have their results in yet, so these days as they appear on the chart will be an undercount (especially the 6th). 

 

 

Deaths

This chart shows the number of new deaths each day by date of death (the day the death occurred, rather than just the day the death was reported). For example, if someone passes away from the virus on Wednesday, and the death isn't reported until Friday, then that new death will be included in the figures on Friday as a 'new death reported'. However, the person actually passed away Wednesday. So this chart helps us to see how many people died from the virus each day more accurately.

 

On the chart, each column shows the total number of new deaths per day. The darker red columns (mainly found in the most recent days) show specifically what day the new deaths which were reported today occurred. The dotted line shows the 7-day average number of new daily deaths, however it ignores the most recent 4 days, as deaths which occurred on these days won't all have been reported yet, and therefore the figures shown are likely to be an undercount which will increase further in the coming days.

 

For example, if today is the 7th of August, then the 7-day average will count up to the 3rd of August. Deaths that occurred on the 4th, 5th, and 6th of August will not all have been reported yet, so these days as they appear on the chart will likely be an undercount. Deaths that occurred more than 5 days ago are also regularly added to the figures here.

Cases
Deaths

These charts shows the number of cases / deaths reported in each age group today, this week, and in total. You can use the drop-down menu to switch between these, and also to switch between the actual figures and per 100k population figures.

 

The 'New This Week' figure is based on specimen date / date of death, and shows the number of new cases identified in the 7 days up to 3 days before today, and the number of new deaths which have occurred in the 7 days up to 4 days before today. For example, if today is the 10th of August, then it will show the number of cases found in the 7 days up to the 7th of August, and the number of deaths that occurred in the 7 days up to the 6th of August.

 

The figures here might not match the national totals due to missing age data. Also, the figures are just released in these awkward age ranges, so unfortunately I can't change them to more even ranges!

Cases
Deaths

This chart is based on specimen date, and shows the number of new cases identified over the past 7 days in each age group, per 100k population. The most recent three days are not included, as not all tests conducted on these days will have had their results reported yet. 

 

You can use the buttons to switch between a view of the past 30 days or 90 days, and use search bar at the top to view one or more age ranges in more detail. Also, the figures are just released in these awkward age ranges, so unfortunately I can't change them to more even ranges!

This chart shows the trend of cases, deaths, hospital/ICU admissions, and hospital/ICU inpatients throughout the course of the entire pandemic. The data is based on specimen date, date of death, and date of admission, so the figures here accurately reflect what was going on at each point of the pandemic.

 

Each metric is shown on its own scale, so they are not directly comparable to each other. Instead, this chart should be used to see how the link between cases and deaths/hospitalizations has changed as a result of the vaccine rollout.

 

The first wave isn't too useful to look at, as we tested so little there. But during the second wave, you can see how the number of people being admitted to hospital and dying from the virus roughly lines up with the number of new cases being identified each day. Then in the third wave, this link between cases and deaths/hospitalizations is still there, but it is a much weaker link. This is the vaccine effect! The number of people getting seriously ill and dying from the virus is now much lower than it was before, because of the vaccines. 

 

You can add/remove metrics by selecting them on the legend. Also, you can hover over a specific day on the chart to see more detailed figures for each metric that day.

This chart shows the trend of cases, deaths, hospital/ICU admissions, and hospital/ICU inpatients throughout the course of the entire pandemic. The data is based on specimen date, date of death, and date of admission, so the figures here accurately reflect what was going on at each point of the pandemic.

 

Each metric is shown on its own scale, so they are not directly comparable to each other. Instead, this chart should be used to see how the link between cases and deaths/hospitalizations has changed as a result of the vaccine rollout.

 

The first wave isn't too useful to look at, as we tested so little there. But during the second wave, you can see how the number of people being admitted to hospital and dying from the virus roughly lines up with the number of new cases being identified each day. Then in the third wave, this link between cases and deaths/hospitalizations is still there, but it is a much weaker link. This is the vaccine effect! The number of people getting seriously ill and dying from the virus is now much lower than it was before, because of the vaccines. 

 

You can add/remove metrics by selecting them on the legend. Also, you can hover over a specific day on the chart to see more detailed figures for each metric that day.

This chart shows the number of vaccinations administered by type. In Scotland, we are currently administering Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and Moderna vaccines. 

 

You can use the top row of buttons to switch between the number of vaccinations administered in total since the start of the rollout, the number of new vaccinations reported today, and the number of new vaccinations reported this week (based on reporting date). You can also use the bottom row of buttons to switch between total doses, first doses, and second doses. 

The R (Reproduction) number can be thought of as a sort of multiplier for the pandemic. For example, if the R number is 1.5, then every person who catches the virus will spread it on to 1.5 others. So if 100 people catch the virus, they will spread it on to 150 others, and so forth. Meaning that when the R number is above 1, then the pandemic is growing in size.

 

But if the R number is 0.5, then every person who catches the virus will only spread it on to 0.5 others. So if 100 people catch the virus, then they will spread it on to 50 others, and so forth. Meaning that when the R number is below 1, the pandemic is shrinking. So ideally, we want the R number to be below 1! That is why on the chart here, figures above 1 are shown in red (boo), and figures below 1 are shown in green (yay). 

 

The R number can be complicated to work out, so we are only given an update on it once a week. And rather than an exact figure, we are only told a general range of where the R number likely is. Also, the R number we get told each week reflects the situation we were in 2-3 weeks ago, not the current situation. 

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About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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F.A.Q

Me! I’m John, a 26-year-old student and Cat lover at the University of the Highlands and Islands (Argyll College). I started tracking the Scottish Coronavirus (COVID-19) data in a spreadsheet out of interest, which eventually led to me making this page. 

Rather than buying a new domain to host it, I just added it to my ‘Travelling Tabby’ website. This is a travel blog, and has absolutely nothing to do with the Coronavirus. But still, feel free to look around if you want! (although there isn’t much on the blog, as most of my free time since the start of 2020 has been spent on this page)

If you need to contact me, you can use the contact form on this page, or email me at [email protected]. I will respond when I can, but I’m quite busy right now and get a lot of emails, so replies may take a while!

Loads! Here are some of them:

UK Coronavirus Tracker – Another page by me, keeping track of all the UK  and worldwide data (with lots of national/regional comparisons included)

Worldometers – Worldwide Data in an easy table format

WHO – Worldwide Data with an attractive design

Our World in Data – A large website with heaps of data on the pandemic across the world

NYT – Great for USA Data

Public Health Scotland – The official Scottish dashboard, with some additional figures on there 

The Courier – Another page keeping track of all the Scottish data, with some additional visualizations included (and their separate vaccination page here is especially nice!)

UK Government – The official UK dashboard, with some additional figures on there (their interactive map here is especially nice)

Covidvax.live – Worldwide vaccine tracker in real time

Covid-19 Risk – A neat website that lets you calculate the level of risk involved in attending an event in your area, based on recent case rates

Yeah! I routinely post different types of charts and comparisons on Twitter!

Also, here is a link to the spreadsheet I useFeel free to download a copy. It is a bit of a mess, but it could be useful if you were looking for some raw data. 

Here is a list of all the official pages involving Coronavirus figures for Scotland (that I know of):

ScotGov – Daily headline figures on cases, deaths, testing, hospital occupancy, and vaccinations 

PHS Dashboard – Daily figures going into the above in more detail, including local figures, demographics, and detailed vaccination figures 

NRS Weekly Report – A weekly report looking at deaths by an alternative death count. Also includes extra information, like excess deaths, location of death, more detailed ages of death. Once a month a very detailed report comes out, looking at factors such as deprivation, pre existing conditions, and so forth.

PHS Weekly Report – A weekly report looking at a whole range of things, including lateral flow tests, cases in children, contact tracing, quarantining stats, lateral flow tests, community testing, and cases by profession.

PHS Weekly Dashboard – A dashboard that is updated once a week, consisting of data included in the PHS weekly report above. 

PHS Wider Impacts Dashboard – A dashboard looking at a range of general health factors and how the pandemic has impacted them (primarily through comparisons to previous years). Such as total hospital appointments, A&E attendances, cancer diagnoses, and much more.

PHS Education Dashboard – A weekly dashboard looking at cases, testing, and hospital admissions in children and those working in the education sector. 

ScotGov Impact Dashboard – A weekly dashboard looking at covids impact throughout society. Includes stuff like public opinion polls, school attendance, crime rates, unemployment rate, and more. 

ScotGov Modelling the Pandemic – A weekly report which provides an update of the current R number, and covers other areas relating to the current prevalence of the virus in Scotland. 

UK Gov – A page looking at the UK covid wide data, but a lot of it shows each nation separately. 

ONS Weekly Infection Survey – A weekly report that looks at covid rates throughout the UK (which includes a section Scotland specifically), and estimates the total number of people who currently have the virus. 

ONS Monthly Long Covid Study – A monthly report that looks at the prevalence of Long Covid throughout the UK. 

COG-UK – A neat website that keeps track of which variants of the virus which are currently active throughout the UK.

Sorry!

One issue might be that you’re using Firefox. This browser seems to break the page for a lot of people, and I have no idea what is causing it. My only suggestion would be to try viewing the page on another browser, as it just seems to be Firefox which has issues, on a range of devices.

If things in general aren’t updating, then it might just be that the page your browser is showing you hasn’t updated to show the most recent version. This seems to be an issue for only some people, for whatever reason. But if you view the page in private/incognito mode, then the issue should go away. 

It’s a WordPress site, built with Elementor. That covers most of the page, but all the graphs/charts/tables are embeds from a range of different places! 

These are Datawrapper, Flourish, and Everviz. The Datawrapper and Flourish charts will mention their name in the footer, and if there’s no mention, it is an Everviz chart. Oh, and the non Datawrapper maps are made with MapSVG!

I’d be happy to answer any other questions about it, but it is quite simple. I’m not really any good at programming/automation, and I’m new to all of this, so it is mostly just a lot of copying/pasting to get the website updated daily.  

Additional Information / Clarifications

When someone tests positive in Scotland, the case is assigned to an NHS health board region. Normally by their postcode, but if there’s no postcode available, then they are assigned to the health board in which they took the test. 

So even if there’s no postcode available for the person who tested positive, the case will still be counted at a national and health board level. As a result, the daily health board increases we get told about will exactly match the nationwide increase. 

The case will also be assigned to the relevant council area, again going off their postcode. However, if there’s no postcode available, then this case won’t be assigned to any council region. As a result, the council area totals won’t sum to match the national total, and the sum of the council areas within a health board may not match the actual health board figure. For example, we might see 15 new cases reported in the ‘Highlands’ health board, but only 13 cases reported between the ‘Highlands’ and ‘Argyll & Bute’ council areas. That would mean there are 2 extra cases within the Highlands health board, but they’ve just not been assigned to a specific council area. 

To make things more confusing, I think postcodes can be assigned at a later date, which results in the council area having an ‘increase’, which actually happened weeks ago. Again using the above example, we might see the ‘Highlands’ health board report 15 new cases in a day, and the ‘Highlands’ and ‘Argyll & Bute’ council areas report 20 new cases between them. So 5 old cases were added to the council area totals, which were already counted in the health board at a previous date. 

So if you see the council area infections not matching the nationwide totals, then this will probably be why!

For a full overview of what is included in the vaccination priority groups, please see the scot.gov page here, or here. But in short:

Age groups are based on the individuals age on the 31st of August 2021. 

The figure for Care Home Residents will be updated on a weekly basis to account for new residents entering homes, and also to remove residents who have passed away. When this happens, you may see the percentage of people vaccinated in this group drop down.

The figure for Care Home Staff does not include those vaccinated in GP practices, so will be an undercount. 

The figure for Healthcare Workers is for select roles within the NHS only, including: registered NHS staff within the job family nursing/midwifery, medical and dental, ambulance services, Allied Health Professions and registered GPs; registered Scottish Social Services Council staff. More healthcare staff than this have been vaccinated, but the above groups are the only ones with a population figure attached to them, so they’re the only ones we can calculate a percentage vaccinated for. 

The figure for Social Care Workers covers registered Scottish Social Services Council Staff. Similar to the healthcare workers figure above, more social care staff than this will be vaccinated.

The CEV (Clinically Extremely Vulnerable) group is made up of everyone on the shielders list, and the figures here will also be updated once a week to account for removals/additions to the number of individuals on the list.

The Vulnerable Under 65s group consists of everyone between the age of 16 & 64 with an underlying health condition that makes them especially vulnerable to the virus. This is also updated on a weekly basis to account for removals/additions to the number of individuals on the list.

Unpaid carers are also a priority, included in group 6 (with vulnerable under 65s). But there is no population estimate figure available for this group, so a percentage coverage figure cannot be calculated. 

At Risk 12-15 Year Olds includes children with severe neuro-disabilities, down’s syndrome, underlying conditions resulting in immunosuppression, or a learning/intellectual disability. This is also updated on a weekly basis to account for removals/additions to the number of individuals on the list.

Scot Gov Daily Trends Spreadsheet – The headline figure of cases, deaths, tests, test positivity, and vaccinations. This also has the current number of people in hospital / ICU in it. 

Scot Gov Modelling the Epidemic – The R number comes from here.

PHS General Data – The data files here are where I get council area case/death/test data (including intermediate zone case data), cases/death data by age, and case/death data by specimen date. 

PHS Vaccination Data – The data files here are where I get all of the detailed vaccinations data. Including figures by age group, priority group, council area, and vaccine type. 

PHS Weekly Report – This is where I get the data on hospital/ICU admissions, and also hospital admissions by age group. 

NRS Weekly Report – This is where I get the death certificate deaths for the additional death data page, and also the excess death figures (I work them out with the data provided here). The deaths by age group figures are included in the ‘related statistics’ page, and I personally get them from the “Weekly deaths by sex and age group in NHS health boards, 2020 and 2021” sheet. The deaths by intermediate zone data are also released here, but only once a month. Go to the archive page to see the previous releases of the monthly report on it.

I think that covers all of it! A lot of the figures on the page aren’t included in these sources, as I just work it out myself (stuff like the percentage change from last week). But if you need help finding anything else, just send me a message I’d be happy to help! 

I aim to update this page every day for 3pm. Although unfortunately, this isn’t always possible due to data not being released on time, or something else in my life taking priority.

But it is updated by 3pm or shortly after most days! If a delay or more than 10-15 minutes is expected, I will put out a tweet to let people know.

On public holidays, the amount of data being released can vary, so the page will only be partially updated, or potentially not updated at all. I’ll include a header banner on this page to let people know when/if that is occurring.

But in general, here are things to be aware of each day:

Monday: The individual people tested figures are updated again

Tuesday: Updated as normal

Wednesday: The weekly NRS death data page, and the hospital admission data is updated. I normally make a Twitter thread covering all the weeks data

Thursday: Updated as normal

Friday: The R number is updated

Saturday: The individual people tested figures are not updated

Sunday: The individual people tested figures are not updated

Disclaimer

The data on this page is obtained from official sources, and it is accurate to the best of my knowledge. However, I am only human! I sometimes make miscalculations, or typos. Don’t always take the information on this page as fact and base decisions off it. 

All the sources are listed above, as is the spreadsheet I make all my calculations in, so feel free to double check the data and let me know if you think something isn’t correct!

This website is not associated with the Scottish government, UK government, NHS, or any other organization. It is just run by an individual who does not value his free time.

Through vaccinations, we will beat this virus! :)