Scotland Coronavirus Tracker

Last Updated: 21st July

Page is updated each Wednesday. Follow me on Twitter for any updates!

Alternative Death Counts

  • Within 28 Days: 7,820
  • NRS Death Certificate: 10,268
  • Excess Deaths: 8,386
This is the number of people who have died within 28 days of testing positive for the virus. This figure comes from ScotGov, and is released on a daily basis. It is the main figure referred to when people discuss deaths from the virus.
This is the number of people who have died with COVID-19 being mentioned on their death certificate as an underlying or contributory cause of death, even if no test was conducted. This figure comes from NRS, and is released on a weekly basis.

This is how many more deaths we've seen since March 16th 2020, (the week of the first coronavirus death in Scotland), from all causes, than we would have expected to see in a normal year during the same period.

Fatality Rate


This is the percentage of people who have died after testing positive for the virus. (The within 28 days deaths divided by the number of cases)

The real fatality rate will likely be much lower, as not everyone who catches the virus gets tested.

Total Location of Deaths

Location of Deaths by Week

Deaths by Age and Sex

New This Week

Total Deaths by Sex

Alternative Death Counts by Council Area

New This Week

Deaths by Intermediate Zone

Deaths by Intermediate Zone Map (Per 100k Pop)

Excess Deaths by Week

Deaths from All Causes in Scotland by Week Number

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About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

NHS Scotland has some great information here about the virus, and how you can look after your own physical and mental health during these difficult times.

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Me! I’m John, a 26-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 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 – 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) – 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. 


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

Basically, ScotGov produces the numbers of ‘within 28 days’ deaths from Coronavirus each day. These are deaths where the deceased had tested positive for Coronavirus within the past 28 days. These numbers are used for the total number of deaths, fatality rate, country comparisons, etc.

However, the NRS put out a report, once a week, which includes all deaths where Coronavirus was mentioned on the death certificate, either as an underlying cause or contributory factor in the death, even if no positive test had taken place.

These numbers are therefore higher than the ScotGov ones. This report also breaks the data down in more detail, telling us stuff like the intermediate zone, pre-existing conditions, occupation, and so forth.

To help simplify things, I only use the NRS numbers on this page, and I use the ‘within 28 days’ deaths in the local/national pages. I’ll also try to add in a note when I use the NRS figures on this page!

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

This is the percentage of people who have died after testing positive for the virus (based on the 28 days figure). It really just depends on how many tests we are doing. More tests = more confirmed cases = lower fatality rate.

The real fatality rate for the virus is supposedly under 1.5%, so don’t get too freaked out by seeing a high number! It’s just caused by a lack of testing. It will also vary hugely by age and general health.

Also, in the early days of the virus when most of the deaths were occurring, testing was reserved for those who were ill with the virus already. So these people would be more likely to pass away from it than the average person who caught the virus, thus driving up the fatality rate figure even more.

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 Dashboard – 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 is 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 Wednesday, 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 Wednesdays! 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 hospital, individual people tested, and 7-day positivity rate figures are updated again

Tuesday: Updated as normal

Wednesday: The weekly NRS death data page, and the hospital admission data is updated

Thursday: Updated as normal

Friday: The R number is updated

Saturday: The hospital, individual people tested, and 7-day positivity rate figures are not updated

Sunday: The hospital, individual people tested, and 7-day positivity rate figures are not updated


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.