Scotland Coronavirus Tracker

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Last Updated: 27th September

Cases

27,576

+344

Deaths

2,512

+1

In Hospital

105

+6

In ICU

12

+1

New Cases and Deaths by Day

New Cases by Council Area

Today
Last 7 Days

September 27th at a Glance

  • Testing
  • Cases
  • Hospital/ICU
  • Deaths

Today, 3,770 new people were tested, which is a decrease from yesterdays figure of 6,221. From those 3,770, 9.1% were positive.

The total number of people tested in Scotland is now up to 760,520, which covers 13.92% of the population.

In total, 17,759 new tests were conducted, which an increase from yesterdays figure of 17,518. This brings the total number of tests conducted up to 1,609,677.

Today brought 344 new positives cases, which is a decrease from yesterdays figure of 714 new positive cases.

In total, there are now 27,576 confirmed cases in Scotland. This means that at least 0.50% of the population have been infected with the virus, although the actual number is likely to be much higher.

There are currently 105 people in hospitals throughout Scotland who have tested positive for the virus. This is 6 more than yesterday, and 42 more than a week ago. 

From that 105 number, 12 are currently in ICU. This is 1 more than yesterday, and 3 more than a week ago.

From this week, the hospital data only includes patients who have recently tested positive for the virus, which is why the figures have dropped so much from last week. You can read more about that here

Today sadly brought 1 new death, after no new deaths were reported yesterday.

The total number of confirmed deaths from the virus is currently at 2,512. If we also take into account deaths where no positive test was conducted, but it was still presumed/suspected that the virus was a cause of death, then the total is at least 4,247.

Percentage in Scotland who…

have been tested

13.92%

roughly every 1 in 7 people

have tested positive

0.5%

roughly every 1 in 200 people

have lost their lives

0.05%

roughly every 1 in 2,170 people

Alternative Death Counts

  • Confirmed Deaths: 2,512
  • Confirmed + Suspected Deaths: 4,247
  • Excess Deaths: 4,991

This is the number of people who have died within 28 days of testing positive for the virus. We can think of this as the absolute minimum number of people who have died from the virus. This figure comes from ScotGov, and is updated daily. 

This is the number of people who have died with COVID-19 being mentioned on their death certificate as a confirmed or suspected cause of death, even if no test was conducted. This figure comes from NRS, and is updated each Wednesday.

This is how many more deaths we've seen in 2020 (since March 16th, the week of the first coronavirus death in Scotland), from all causes, than we would normally see in a typical year. This figure is updated once a week on Wednesday. 

Fatality Rate

9.1%

This is the percentage of people who have died after testing positive for the virus. 

The real fatality rate will likely be much, much lower, probably under 1.5%, as not everyone who catches the virus gets tested for it.

Testing by Day

New People Tested
Tests Conducted

People Tested

760,520

+3,770

Percentage of People Testing Positive

today

9.1%

in total

3.6%

Total Tests Conducted

1,609,677

+17,759

Scottish ‘R’ Number

Contact Tracing by Week

Running Totals by Day

Status of Positive Cases

Cases by Age Group

Hospital and ICU by Day

Currently In Hospital
New Admissions

Deaths from All Causes in Scotland, 2015 – Present

Excess Deaths by Week

Location of Deaths

Location of Deaths by Week

Deaths by Age and Sex

Deaths by Sex

Weekly Increases by Council Area

Daily Positive Cases by Council Area

Totals by Council Area and NHS Region

Daily Positive Cases by Council Area Heatmap

Breakdown by Council Area

Basic
Detailed

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F.A.Q

Me! I’m John, a 25-year-old student and Cat lover at the University of the Highlands and Islands. I started tracking the Coronavirus (COVID-19) data in a spreadsheet out of interest, which eventually led to me making this web 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. Still, feel free to look around!

If you’re interested in visiting Scotland, maybe check out my Scotland page! If you are Scottish, then you could visit one of the other destination pages to get some ideas of where to go once this all blows over. 🙂 

If you need to contact me, you can visit my contact page here, use the contact form on this page, or email me at [email protected]. I will try to respond within a few days! (although I’m quite busy right now, so replies may currently take a while longer)

Loads! I’ve got a page here to track UK specific and worldwide data.

Here are some other ones I have bookmarked:

Coronainfo – Additional UK Data

Worldometers – Worldwide Data

Who – Worldwide Data

NYT – USA Data

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’s not very well laid out, and I’m normally messing around with something in it.. so if you see any random numbers just ignore them!

There’s not much ‘new’ data on there, it is just the current stuff on this page and a lot of historical data. But I’m sure some people will have a use for it 🙂

ScotGov also provide more information than I mention on my website. You can view the rest of that here

NRS provide a weekly report on all Coronavirus deaths, and include more than I mention on my website. You can view that here.

HPS also provide a weekly report, which shows more information about who is being infected, who is being hospitalized, ect! You can view that here

HPS has also recently created a dashboard here, with lots of additional information. The data on their page is mostly based on specimen date (the date the test was conducted), whereas the data on my page is mostly using the reported date (the date the result of the test was conducted). That is why the numbers may not exactly match up!

Sorry! A lot of people have this issue, 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 on Mac that doesn’t work. If you can, try to refresh your cache and see if it works better after that!

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 maps are made with the MapSVG plugin!

I’d be happy to answer any other questions about it, but it is quite simple. A lot of manual data entry! 

Additional Information / Clarifications

The government isn’t currently telling us the number of active/recovered patients, probably because it would be a pain to bring everyone who has tested positive back in for a follow-up test. However, it is possible to make an estimate, as the majority of people will recover from the disease within 4 weeks.

I understand that this won’t be completely accurate, so please don’t quote the recovery numbers as fact, but they should still give us a good idea of where we currently stand! But it is important to keep in mind that many people will be ‘long haulers’, who will be suffering from the effects of the virus for more than 4 weeks. 

To find the current number of recovered cases, I use the following methods:

  • Active cases = any new cases confirmed in the past 4 weeks  any new deaths in the past 4 weeks
  • Recovered cases = total cases  active cases  total deaths
 
If the number of active cases using the above formula is less than the number of people currently in hospital confirmed with the virus, then the active number of cases will default to the number of people in hospital.

Basically, scot.gov produces the numbers of confirmed deaths from Coronavirus each day. These are deaths where the deceased had tested positive for Coronavirus. These numbers are used for the total number of deaths, fatality rate, country comparisons, etc. 

However, NRS put out a report, once a week, which includes all deaths where Coronavirus was confirmed or suspected/presumed. These numbers are therefore higher than the scot.gov ones. This report also breaks the deaths down in more detail, telling us the age, sex, and region of the deceased. The scot.gov numbers do not give us any additional information, just a single nationwide figure of everyone who has died after testing positive for Coronavirus.

So the charts which break deaths down by region, age, or sex, are using the NRS total number of deaths. These charts will be updated once a week on Wednesday when the new report is released. 

Sorry if this causes any confusion, and feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about it!

Update: The scot.gov numbers do now tell us the location/age of the confirmed only deaths. But I’ll still be using the confirmed + suspected figures as the main source of deaths by age/location on this page, as they go into more detail and appear to be more accurate. If you want to see confirmed deaths by location or sex, check out the PHS dashboard here.

So, here is how I understand it: When someone tests positive in Scotland, the case is assigned to an NHS region. Normally by their postcode, but if there’s no postcode available, then they are assigned to the NHS region in which they look the test. 

So, the daily NHS region increases we get told will exactly match the nationwide increase we’re told, and the NHS region totals will sum to the nationwide total. 

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 infection won’t be assigned to any council region. From what I can tell, there are about 200 cases like this. 

As a result, the council region totals won’t sum to match the nationwide total. And sometimes new infections won’t show up in the council areas which the actually appeared in. 

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. The council regions also have quite a lot of negative figures, which I still don’t quite understand. 

So if you see the council area infections not matching the nationwide totals, then this will be why! To see NHS region totals, you can view the PHS dashboard here. I don’t really include them on this page as I prefer just having the more local council area data.

This is the percentage of people who have died after testing positive for the virus. It ultimately just depends on how many tests we are doing. More tests = more infections = lower fatality rate. 

The real fatality rate for the virus is supposedly under 1.5%, so don’t get too freaked out by seeing numbers over 10%! It’s just caused by a lack of testing. 

Also, in the early days of the virus when most of the deaths were occurring, most testing was reserved for those who are very ill with the virus already, so these people would be more likely to pass away from it.

Disclaimer

The data on this page is mostly 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.