About this release

This weekly release by Public Health Scotland presents data on COVID-19 across NHSScotland.

Revision to COVID-19 Vaccination in Pregnancy section (page 78) and COVID-19 Infection in Pregnant Women and Neonates section (page 86). These sections and accompanying data files were revised 7 February 2022. The number of pregnancies and pregnant women was revised down as the figures were previously incorrect. PHS inadvertently counted all women who were pregnant on or became pregnant after 1 January 2015, PHS should have been counting from 1 March 2020

REVISION 18 February 2022: The 'COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalisations, and Deaths by Vaccine Status' sections were revised (page 36). Due to an analytic error, the previous five weeks of case numbers and age-standardised case rates have included PCR-confirmed cases for ages 15 years old and over, rather than the intended 10 years old and over.  This has decreased the unvaccinated case numbers substantially. Table 14 and Figure 16 in the 'COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalisations, and Deaths by Vaccine Status' section contains the correct numbers.

Appendix 6: Data Sources and Limitations revised (page 102): COVID vaccination definition for Dose 2 revised to include "and have either not had a booster or third dose of COVID-19 vaccine or is less than or equal to 14 days after their booster or third dose of COVID-19 vaccine."

REVISION: 19 May 2022 - Following advice from the coding standards team, the definition of a hospital admission ‘because of’ COVID-19 has been revised in this week’s publication. Please refer to page 22 and page 105 for full details on the revision. Data analyses are not affected. Due to an error in methodology affecting the creation of an ethnicity lookup page 56 has also been revised. Please refer to page 56 for full details.

Main points

  • In the week ending 30 January 2022, there were 51,607 confirmed COVID-19 cases by PCR (polymerase chain reaction) or LFD (lateral flow device), a decrease of 1.7% from the previous week
  • As of 24 January 2022, 3.1% of positive PCR test results were determined to be reinfections when applying the 90-day threshold. The overall rate of reinfections in Scotland had remained low at 0.6% until the emergence of the Omicron Variant more recently, where monthly reinfection rates climbed to 6.4% in December 2021 and 9.8% in January 2022.
  • In the last week from 22 January 2022 to 28 January 2022, in an age-standardised population, the rate of COVID-19 related acute hospital admissions in individuals that received a booster or third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine was between 3.4 to 4.0 times lower than in individuals who are unvaccinated or have only received one or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • As of the 30 January, 71.3% of those in the least deprived areas had received either their third dose or booster COVID-19 vaccination.  This compares to 51.0% in the most deprived areas.
  • 36,695 COVID-19 vaccinations have been given to pregnant women in Scotland from the start of the COVID-19 vaccination programme on 8 December 2020 up to 31 December 2021. The uptake of vaccination has been consistently lower among pregnant women with Black, Caribbean, or African ethnicity compared to pregnant women with White; South Asian; or Other or mixed ethnicity
  • In the week ending 23 January 2022, 46,504 individuals were recorded in the contact tracing software, from which 59,995 unique contacts have been traced
  • In the week ending 25 January 2022, there were 704 admissions to hospital with a laboratory confirmed test of COVID-19, a decrease of 18% from the previous week. The highest number of new admissions are now in those aged 80+
  • In the week ending 30 January 2022 there were 28 new admissions to Intensive Care Units (ICUs) with a laboratory confirmed test of COVID-19. This is an increase of 21.7% from the week ending 23 January 2022

Additional charts and data are available to view in the interactive dashboard accompanying this report.

Wider impact detailed analysis

The response to the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to have a wider impact on health and care as a result of the lockdown, economic pressures and changes to health services.

A range of analyses on the impact of COVID-19 across aspects of NHS Scotland is available on the interactive information tool.

Background

Since the start of the outbreak, Public Health Scotland (PHS) has been working closely with the Scottish Government and health and care colleagues to support the surveillance and monitoring of COVID-19 amongst the population. There is a large amount of data being regularly published regarding COVID-19 (for example, Coronavirus in Scotland – Scottish Government and Deaths involving coronavirus in Scotland – National Records of Scotland). This report complements the range of existing data currently available.

Further information

The next release of this publication will be 9 February 2022.

Find out more

Open data

View open data for COVID-19 on the Scottish Health and Social Care Open data platform (external website) for:

  • weekly COVID-19 statistical data in Scotland
  • COVID-19 vaccination in Scotland
  • COVID-19 dashboard
  • Enhanced surveillance of COVID-19 in Scotland
  • Hospital onset COVID-19 cases in Scotland

COVID-19  dashboard

Access the COVID-19 dashboard for the following information:

  • daily COVID-19 positive cases and deaths by health board and local
  • daily hospital admissions and ICU admissions at Scotland level
  • data on vaccinations from 26 February 2021

Further data

There is a large amount of data being regularly published regarding COVID-19 – for example, Coronavirus in Scotland on the Scottish Government website (external website) and deaths involving coronavirus in Scotland on the National Records of Scotland (external website). 

COVID-19 in pregnancy in Scotland

The 11 May 2022 COVID-19 statistical report contains information on COVID-19 infection and vaccination in pregnancy in Scotland.

Surveillance

View information about the  COVID-19 Infection Survey (external website) – this represents the single biggest expansion to date of asymptomatic testing for surveillance purposes in the pandemic and is being conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the University of Oxford, on behalf of the UK and The Scottish Government. 

Highest risk (shielding) list

The 02 March 2022 COVID-19 statistical report  contains information relating to shielding patients.

Ethnicity data

The COVID-19 statistical report interactive dashboard was updated on 24 August 2022 to include more recent information relating to ethnicity of COVID-19 positives

General enquiries

If you have an enquiry relating to this publication, please email phs.covid19data&analytics@phs.scot.

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Older versions of this publication

Versions of this publication released before 16 March 2020 may be found on the Data and Intelligence, Health Protection Scotland or Improving Health websites.

Last updated: 13 June 2022
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