Scotland
Coronavirus Tracker

Scotland Coronavirus Tracker

Last Updated: 20th October

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

Page is updated each Wednesday.
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This is the number of people who have died from any cause 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.

8,980

+131 this week

This is the number of people who have died with Covid-19 being specifically 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.

11,406

+139 this week

This is how many more deaths we've seen since March 2020 (when we started to see deaths from the virus in Scotland), from all causes, than we would have expected to see in a normal year during the same time period. This figure is updated on a weekly basis. 

10,752

+252 this week

This chart shows the total number of covid deaths since the beginning of the pandemic in hospitals, care homes, and 'elsewhere'. The 'elsewhere' category includes homes, non-institutions, clinics, medical centres, prisons, and schools. 

 

The deaths are assigned to the location where the death physically occurred. So if a care home resident were to die of the virus in a hospital, then this would be included in the hospital figures. 

 

You can select a segment of the chart to see the specific number of deaths that have occurred there.

This chart shows the number of new of covid deaths registered each week since the beginning of the pandemic in hospitals, care homes, and 'elsewhere'. The 'elsewhere' category includes homes, non-institutions, clinics, medical centres, prisons, and schools. The data is based on date of registration, and not date of death. Most deaths are registered within 3 days of their occurrence, however some can take longer. 

 

The deaths are assigned to the location where the death physically occurred. So if a care home resident were to die of the virus in a hospital, then this would be included in the hospital figures. 

 

You can select a column of the chart to see the figures for that week in more detail. You can also deselect items on the legend, for example if you only wanted to see the figures for care home deaths.

This chart shows the total number of covid deaths since the beginning of the pandemic by age group and sex. You can use the toggle button to view the deaths in the latest week only, and you can also deselect one of the sexes on the legend to view the figures for just Males or Females.

 

It is worth noting that in the older age groups, there are more Females than Males. Specifically, Females make up: 50% of the under 50 population, 52% of the 50-69 population, 53% of the 70-79 population, 59% of the 80-89 population, and 69% of the 90+ population. There are also fewer people in general in the older age groups, so these groups will have seen much more deaths on a per capita basis. 

 

You can view a breakdown of Scotlands population by age and sex here.

Total
This Week

This chart shows the total number of covid deaths since the beginning of the pandemic by sex. You can select a segment of the chart to see the specific number of deaths that have occurred in that sex.

This table shows the total and per 100k population number of covid deaths by each of the alternative death counts in each council area. You can use the toggle to switch between all deaths, and deaths in the latest week only. Select a column header to sort the table by that column, or use the search bar to find one or more specific council areas.

 

The death figures here are assigned to a location based on the individuals normal place of residence. So if someone from Inverclyde were to die in a hospital in Glasgow City, then this would still be included in the Inverclyde figures. When looking at the 'This Week' figures, the 'Within 28 Days' column will not be based on the same methods and timescales as the 'Death Certificate' and 'Excess Deaths' columns, so the figures may not be exactly comparable. 

 

Within 28 Days

This is the number of people who have died from any cause within 28 days of testing positive for the virus. The source for it is here. The 'This Week' figure is based on the date of death, and shows the number of new deaths in the 7 days up to 4 days before the table was updated. For example, if the table was updated on the 10th of August, then it will show the number of new deaths in the 7 days up to the 6th of August.

 

Death Certificate

This is the number of people who have died with Covid-19 being specifically mentioned on their death certificate as an underlying or contributory cause of death, even if no test was conducted. The source for it is here. The 'This Week' figure is based on the date of registration, and if this table was updated on the 10th of August, then these figures would show the number of new deaths registered in the 7 days up to the 7th of August. 

 

Excess Deaths

This is how many more deaths we've seen since March 2020 (when we started to see deaths from the virus in Scotland), from all causes, than we would have expected to see in a normal year during the same time period. To work it out, I take the death from all cause figure here, and compare it to the 5-year average number of deaths for each council area each week here (the data file second from the bottom). 

Total
This Week

This table shows the total number of deaths that have occurred in each intermediate zone since the beginning of the pandemic, and also the number which have occurred in the most recent month. It is updated once a month.

 

The death figures here are assigned to a zone based on the individuals normal place of residence. So if someone were to die in a hospital that was outside of their home intermediate zone, then this death would still be included in the individuals home intermediate zone figures.

 

The 'National Rank' column is based on the total number of deaths, per 100k population. It looks to try and give a reference point of where each zone is on a national level. The area with the most deaths per 100k population will be 1st, and the area(s) with the least will be joint last. For reference, there are 1,279 Intermediate Zones.

 

It is also worth noting that a large number of deaths throughout the pandemic have been in care homes. If one area has a lot of care homes, or if one had a particularly bad care home outbreak that resulted in a lot of deaths, then this would be reflected in these figures. 

This map shows the total number of deaths that have occurred in each intermediate zone since the beginning of the pandemic. It is updated once a month. 

 

The death figures here are assigned to a zone based on the individuals normal place of residence. So if someone were to die in a hospital that was outside of their home intermediate zone, then this death would still be included in the individuals home intermediate zone figures.

 

The figures here are not per capita. This map is just to give a quick glance at the total number of deaths that have occurred in each zone, and to see which zones have had the most/least. The population sizes of intermediate zones can vary from 1,000 to 10,000, so the areas seeing the most/least on a per capita basis will be different. There is a 'Deaths by Intermediate Zone Table' that gives the per capita figures for the zones in more detail, but you can also select a zone on this map to see more details about it, including the per capita figures.

 

It is also worth noting that a large number of deaths throughout the pandemic have been in care homes. If one area has a lot of care homes, or if one had a particularly bad care home outbreak that resulted in a lot of deaths, then this would be reflected in these figures. 

This chart shows the number of excess deaths in Scotland each week since the start of 2020. Which basically means how many more (or less) deaths have we seen each week, from all causes, than the average number of deaths we saw during the same week between 2015 and 2019. 

 

The figures are based on the date of the deaths registration, and as many registration offices are closed during bank holidays and public holidays, the figures around these weeks may appear off. This is most noticeable in the Christmas/New Year period. 

This chart shows the total number of deaths we've seen in Scotland during each week of 2020 and 2021, from all causes, and compares these with the average number of deaths we saw during the same weeks between 2015 and 2019. The grey line shows the average number of weekly deaths between 2015 and 2019, and the grey shaded area shows the range where each of the deaths for those weeks fell into. I.e., the normal range.

 

The idea with this chart is that we can see if there has been any noticeable increase in deaths throughout the pandemic, compared to what we would have normally expected to see during the same timeframe. This can allow for us to get a better grasp on the true death toll, as with these figures, there won't be any instances of missing deaths or incorrectly counting deaths.

 

This is just purely how many more deaths Scotland has seen during the pandemic than it would have expected to have seen in a normal year. Although even this may not be a perfect measurement, as deaths from many other causes have fallen this year as a result of the lockdown measures we have had in place. 

 

The figures are based on the date of the deaths registration, and as many registration offices are closed during bank holidays and public holidays, the figures around these weeks may appear off. This is most noticeable in the Christmas/New Year period. 

This chart shows the total number of deaths we've seen in Scotland during each week of 2020 and 2021, from all causes, and compares these with the average number of deaths we saw during the same weeks between 2015 and 2019. The grey line shows the average number of weekly deaths between 2015 and 2019, and the grey shaded area shows the range where each of the deaths for those weeks fell into. I.e., the normal range.

 

The idea with this chart is that we can see if there has been any noticeable increase in deaths throughout the pandemic, compared to what we would have normally expected to see during the same timeframe. This can allow for us to get a better grasp on the true death toll, as with these figures, there won't be any instances of missing deaths or incorrectly counting deaths.

 

This is just purely how many more deaths Scotland has seen during the pandemic than it would have expected to have seen in a normal year. Although even this may not be a perfect measurement, as deaths from many other causes have fallen this year as a result of the lockdown measures we have had in place. 

 

The figures are based on the date of the deaths registration, and as many registration offices are closed during bank holidays and public holidays, the figures around these weeks may appear off. This is most noticeable in the Christmas/New Year period. 

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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)

Argyll Coronavirus Tracker – Yet another page by me, keeping track of all the case data in the intermediate zones of Argyll & Bute / Arran

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. 

ONS Additional Insights – A weekly dashboard that keeps track of various metrics across the UK, such as cases, hospitalizations, vaccinations, antibodies, well-being, lifestyle, work, and more.

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

Basically, ScotGov/PHS produce the numbers of ‘within 28 days’ deaths from the virus each day. These are deaths where the deceased had tested positive for virus within the 28 days preceding their death. These numbers are used in the daily updates, and for the figures on my national / local pages.

However, the NRS also put out a weekly report, which includes all deaths where the virus was specifically mentioned on the death certificate, either as an underlying or contributory cause of death, even if no positive test had taken place. These are likely to be more accurate as they can remove deaths which had nothing to do with the virus (like if someone tested positive and they got hit by a bus the within 28 days), and they can also include deaths which were likely caused by the virus, but there was no test conducted. 

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 (death certificate) figures on this page!

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

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

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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.