Scotland
Coronavirus Tracker

Scotland Coronavirus Tracker

Last Updated: Thursday 25th August

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

Page is updated each Thursday.
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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 PHS. It is the main figure referred to when people discuss deaths from the virus, but has not been updated since 31/05/2022.

12,389

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.

15,550

+57 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.

14,761

+131 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 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 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. 

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About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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F.A.Q

Me! I’m John, a 27-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 pretty 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

ZOE – An app that allows users to report Covid-19 symptoms, and from that, estimates the current prevalence of the virus across the UK

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.

SEPA Wastewater Dashboard – A dashboard that analyses wastewater samples across Scotland and tracks how many traces of Covid-19 are being found in them.  

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 embedded 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

In Scotland, deaths from the virus are counted in two primary ways. These are ‘within 28 days’, and ‘death certificate’. 

The first count, ‘within 28 days’, means any death where someone has tested positive for the virus, and then died within the following 28 days. PHS produce this figure on a daily basis, and it is generally the one that most people refer to when talking about deaths in Scotland. This figure stopped being released on the 31st of May 2022.

The second count, ‘death certificate’, means any death where the virus was specifically mentioned on someone’s death certificate, either as an underlying or contributory cause of death, even if no positive test had taken place. These are likely to be the more accurate figure, as they can remove deaths that had nothing to do with the virus (like if someone tested positive and they got hit by a bus within 28 days), and they can also include deaths that were very likely caused by the virus, but no test had taken place. These figures are released by the NRS, once a week. 

The death certificate figures also break the data down into much more detail, telling us stuff like the intermediate zone, pre-existing conditions, occupation, and so forth. You can see all of that information here.

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.

Most of the charts on this page will have their source linked directly underneath them. But still, here is a list of all the main sources used on this page: 

PHS Open Data – The data files here are where I get the bulk of the data on this page from. That includes all of the cases, deaths (within 28 days), and hospital figures.

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

PHS Weekly Report – This is where I get the data on 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. 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.

ONS Infection Survey – The data here is used for the ‘Percentage of People who Currently Have Covid-19’ chart. It is also used for any of the data showing how many people currently have covid (like the ‘1 in …’) figures.

NRS Population Estimate – This has the population figures for Scotland, including age groups and council areas. 

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! 

Below are some of the frequently requested additions for the page, with an explanation as to why they are not currently available: 

R Number
The R number was on this page before, however, it was removed at the start of 2022. The reason for this is that the ‘latest’ R number released lags behind 2-3 weeks. So we could have been in a situation where cases were rising rapidly, yet the R number was still sitting at 0.8 – 0.9, reflecting the situation a few weeks before.

It wasn’t very useful in that regard, and was actually quite misleading too. The R number is still released once a week though, and the best place to view the time series of it is on the UK Gov Dashboard here.

Excess Deaths by Council Area
I used to have some figures on my page for this, but due to the recent change in methodology (switching from a 2015-2019 average to 2016-2019/2021 average), I had to remove them as I didn’t have all of the data available to work out the five-year average deaths by council area. But they may be added again in the future!

Cases / Hospital Admissions / Deaths by Vaccination Status
This data used to be available, but it is no longer released by PHS. Although, the UKHSA does release some data for England each week, which you can view in their reports here.

Deaths by Pre Existing Condition
There isn’t too much data released about this, so I can’t really add anything to the page for it. The best available would be in the monthly NRS death reports here.

The reports there are released once a week, but then once a month (normally around the mid point of the month), the weekly report will contain a lot of additional data in it, including some figures on deaths by pre-existing condition, occupation, and lots more. Try viewing the ‘archive’ link on the page and you’ll see the larger reports occurring once a month. 

If you are looking for additional death figures, they will probably be in there.

As just about all of the data on this page comes from PHS, I would recommend looking at the notes section on their dashboard here to see exactly what is included in each metric.

You can also view this PDF from NRS, which details some of their methodology for counting deaths.

Additionally, on most charts you can click the header, and a drop down will appear that gives some more specific information about what it shows.

I aim to update this page every Thursday 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 of the time! 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.

Most of the data is released from PHS on Wednesday, however, I do my updates on Thursday, as that allows me to include the NRS death data at the same time. Then on Friday, I also add in the ONS Infection Survey Data.

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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 on 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.