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Coronavirus Tracker

Scotland Coronavirus Tracker

Last Updated: Thursday 26th May

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Cases

This chart shows the number of new cases each day in each council area by specimen date (the day the test was conducted, rather than just the day the result was reported).

 

On the chart, the most recent three days shown are likely to be an undercount, as tests conducted on these days won't all have their results reported back yet. Meaning the number of cases shown for these days will likely increase further in future updates.

 

 

Deaths

This chart shows the number of new deaths each day in each council area by date of death (the day the death occurred, rather than just the day the death was reported).

 

On the chart, the most recent ten days shown are likely to be an undercount, as deaths that occurred on these days won't all have been reported yet. Meaning the number of deaths shown for these days may increase further in future updates.

Cases

This chart shows the number of new cases each day in each council area by specimen date (the day the test was conducted, rather than just the day the result was reported).

 

On the chart, the most recent three days shown are likely to be an undercount, as tests conducted on these days won't all have their results reported back yet. Meaning the number of cases shown for these days will likely increase further in future updates.

 

 

Deaths

This chart shows the number of new deaths each day in each council area by date of death (the day the death occurred, rather than just the day the death was reported).

 

On the chart, the most recent ten days shown are likely to be an undercount, as deaths that occurred on these days won't all have been reported yet. Meaning the number of deaths shown for these days may increase further in future updates.

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Weekly Increase by Council Area

New Cases
New Deaths

Basic

This table gives a basic overview of the covid situation in each Scottish council area. Just be aware that the figures shown here may not sum to the national total, due to missing location data for some cases and deaths. You can use the search bar to show one or more specific areas, and you can also select each header to sort the table by that column.

 

The '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 4 days before today, and the number of new deaths which have occurred in the 7 days up to 11 days before today. For example, if today is the 20th of August, then it will show the number of cases found in the 7 days up to the 16th of August, and the number of deaths that occurred in the 7 days up to the 9th of August.

 

The 12 week trend is also based on specimen date, with the most recent week (furthest right column) showing the latest weekly increase of cases and deaths.

 

 

Detailed

This table gives a much more detailed overview of the covid situation in each Scottish council area. There is also a row for Scotland as a whole, for reference. I'll cover each section in more detail below, but just be aware that the figures shown here may not sum to the national total, due to missing location data for some cases deaths, tests, and vaccines. You can use the search bar to show one or more specific areas (or filter by NHS region), and you can also select each header to sort the table by that column. 

 

Area Information

This section gives some random information about each council area, including their population, land size, population density, and median age. All of these factors may have affected how the pandemic played out in each area, so I thought they would be interesting to include! The source for all that data is here.

 

Cases

This section gives a detailed overview of cases, both in whole numbers and per 100k population numbers. The 'This Week' figure is based on specimen date, and shows the number of new cases identified in the 7 days up to 4 days before today. For example, if today is the 20th of August, then it will show the number of cases found in the 7 days up to the 16th of August. The 'Last Week' figure shows the number of new cases identified in the 7 days before that, and then the 'Change from Last Week' figure shows by what percentage cases have increased/decreased since last week. 

 

Deaths

This section gives a detailed overview of deaths, both in whole numbers and per 100k population numbers. The 'This Week' figure is based on date of death, and shows the number of new deaths which have occurred in the 7 days up to 11 days before today. For example, if today is the 20th of August, then it will show the number of new deaths in the 7 days up to the 9th of August. The 'Last Week' figure shows the number of new deaths in the 7 days before that, and then the 'Change from Last Week' figure shows by what percentage deaths have increased/decreased since last week.

 

Vaccines Doses Administered

This section gives a detailed overview of vaccinations administered, both in whole numbers and per 100 population numbers. The 'This Week' figure shows how many new vaccines (first, second, and third doses combined) have been administered in each area over the past week. The 'Last Week' figure shows the number of new vaccines reported in the 7 days before that, and then the 'Change from Last Week' figure shows by what percentage the number of new vaccines being administered has increased/decreased since last week. Further information about what percentage of each council areas population has been vaccinated can be found further down on this page.

 

Share of Scotlands...

This section gives a little glimpse of each council areas share of Scotlands total figures. It's not too useful, but I thought it would still be interesting to include. Just bear in mind that the demographics vary quite a bit between areas, so one area might be more susceptible to high case rates, and another might have more eligible people to get vaccinated, ect. 

Basic
Detailed

This chart shows the number of cases found in each council area over the past 7 days, 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 controls at the top of the chart to filter between viewing the past 90 days or past 30 days, and also to select up to five council areas to show. 

This table shows the number of new cases found in each intermediate zone over the past week, both in total and per 100k population. The figures here are based on specimen date, and show the number of new cases identified in the 7 days up to 4 days before today. For example, if today is the 20th of August, then the 'This Week' figure will show the number of new cases in the 7 days up to the 16th of August. The 'Last Week' figure shows the number of new cases in the 7 days before that, and the 'Change from Last Week' figure shows the change in the case rate from last week to this week.

 

The 'National Rank' column is based on the number of new cases this week, 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 cases 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. 

 

If an area has only reported 1 or 2 new cases in the past week, then this will be hidden due to confidentiality concerns. So displaying no cases this week does not necessarily mean the area is covid free. You can use the search bar to find one or more specific zones, and also to filter by council area. 

This chart shows the number of new cases, deaths, and vaccines in each council area this week, and in total. The council areas are grouped into their NHS regions, and then a total is displayed for each NHS region too. This is simply just the sum of the council areas within, so the figures seen here may not match the figures seen for the NHS regions elsewhere. There are some occurrences of cases or deaths being assigned to an NHS region, but not to a council area due to missing location data. 

 

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 4 days before today, and the number of new deaths which have occurred in the 7 days up to 11 days before today. For example, if today is the 20th of August, then it will show the number of cases found in the 7 days up to the 16th of August, and the number of deaths that occurred in the 7 days up to the 9th of August. For vaccine doses administered, it is based on administered date, and shows how many new vaccine doses (first, second, and third doses combined) have been administered in the past 7 days. 

 

You can use the drop-down menu to switch between the various metrics, and also select the header of an NHS region to see the figures for each council area within in more detail. 

This map shows the number of new cases found in each intermediate zone over the past week, per 100k population. The figures here are based on specimen date, and show the number of new cases identified in the 7 days up to 4 days before today. For example, if today is the 20th of August, then it will show the number of cases found in the 7 days up to the 16th of August.

 

The colours on the map are based on per capita figures, however, if you zoom into the map a label will appear which shows the true number of new cases in each zone. You can also select or hover over a zone to see a pop up that contains more information about the zone.

 

If an area has only reported 1 or 2 new cases in the past week, then this will be hidden due to confidentiality concerns. So being grey on the map does not necessarily mean the area is covid free.   

The figures here are based on specimen date, and show the number of new cases identified in the 7 days up to 4 days before today. For example, if today is the 20th of August, then it will show the number of cases found in the 7 days up to the 16th of August.

 

No 'total' figure for Scotland is shown as it would mess up the scale for the other council areas. But I thought having the per 100k population figure in there for Scotland would still be useful to see how each area is doing compared to the national average. 

This chart shows the number of new cases found in each council over the past week (per 100k population), and how much this has changed from the week before. The line in the middle represents a 0% change. Any areas to the left of that line have falling case rates, and any areas to the right of it have rising case rates. The higher up an area is, the more cases (per 100k population) it is having. 

 

The figures here are based on specimen date, and show the number of new cases identified in the 7 days up to 4 days before today. For example, if today is the 20th of August, then the 'This Week' figure will show the number of new cases in the 7 days up to the 16th of August. 'Last Week' will be the 7 days before that, and 'Two Weeks Ago' will be the 7 days before that. 

 

You can use the buttons at the top of the chart to filter between time ranges, and you can also deselect regions by selecting their names in the legend. Doing this may make the chart more readable for the areas you want to see. 

This chart shows the number of new cases found in each council over the past week (per 100k population), and how much this has changed from the week before. The line in the middle represents a 0% change. Any areas to the left of that line have falling case rates, and any areas to the right of it have rising case rates. The higher up an area is, the more cases (per 100k population) it is having. 

 

The figures here are based on specimen date, and show the number of new cases identified in the 7 days up to 4 days before today. For example, if today is the 20th of August, then the 'This Week' figure will show the number of new cases in the 7 days up to the 16th of August. 'Last Week' will be the 7 days before that, and 'Two Weeks Ago' will be the 7 days before that. 

 

You can use the buttons at the top of the chart to filter between time ranges, and you can also deselect regions by selecting their names in the legend. Doing this may make the chart more readable for the areas you want to see. 

This chart shows the total percentage of each age range in each council area that has had their first, second, and third dose of the vaccine. You can use the drop-down menu at the top of the chart to filter between each age range.

 

When someone who has been vaccinated passes away, or moves out of Scotland, they are removed from these figures. So you may see some of the cumulative figures gradually decrease.

This chart shows the total percentage of each age range in each council area that has had their first, second, and third dose of the vaccine. You can use the drop-down menu at the top of the chart to filter between each age range.

 

When someone who has been vaccinated passes away, or moves out of Scotland, they are removed from these figures. So you may see some of the cumulative figures gradually decrease.

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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 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

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

When someone tests positive in Scotland, the case is assigned to a council area based on their postcode. If there’s no postcode available for this person (either because they are not a resident, or because the information is missing), then this case will not be assigned to any council area.

It will still be included in the national total, just not in any council area. As a result, the council area totals won’t sum to match the national total. For example, we might see 100 new cases reported throughout Scotland, but only 98 new cases reported when you sum up the individual council areas. Suggesting that for 2 cases, no postcode data is available. 

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 Scotland report 100 new cases in a day, but there are 102 new cases reported when you sum up the individual council areas. Suggesting that postcode data was found for 2 old cases, and then they were added to the council area totals. 

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

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
There are some excess death figures available on my Additional Death Data page here!

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 any additional death figures, it will probably be in that report. 

Tests Conducted / Positivity Rate by Council Area
These figures were previously available, but they stopped being released in February 2022 so I had to remove them from the page.

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.

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 Monday / 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.

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

Monday: Updated as normal. The weekly Argyll page is also updated.

Tuesday: Not updated.

Wednesday: Not updated.

Thursday: Updated as normal. The Additional Death Data page is also updated, as is the chart showing hospital admissions by age group.

Friday: Not updated, however, the ONS infection survey data and “1 in …” figures are updated.

Saturday: Not updated.

Sunday: 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 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.