About this release

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

Main points

  • In the week ending 21 March 2021, 3,371 individuals were recorded in the contact tracing software, from which 8,014 unique contacts have been traced.
In the week ending 21 March 2021, 3,371 individuals were recorded in the contact tracing software, from which 8,014 unique contacts have been traced.
  • As at 21 March 2021, there have been 213,888 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 3,515 in the week ending 21 March.
  • In the week ending 19 March, there were 185 admissions to hospital with a laboratory confirmed test of COVID-19.
  • In the week ending 20 March there were 17 new admissions to Intensive Care Units (ICUs) for confirmed COVID-19 patients.
  • In the week ending 21 March there were 3,964 people who arrived in Scotland from outside the UK, of which 3,069 were required to quarantine (of which 540 were quarantined in a hotel) and 2,635 were contacted by the National Contact Tracing Centre.
  • In the week ending 18 March, 0.08% of key healthcare workers who were tested for COVID‑19 tested positive.
  • In the week ending 21 March, there were active confirmed cases of COVID-19 in 36 out of 1048 care homes that returned data (1,066 care homes in total).
  • Since 19 November 2020, there have been over 2.1 million (2,180,547) LFD tests carried out in Scotland, of which 3,213 were positive (0.1%).
  • In the week ending 21 March, under the Community Testing Programme 11.2% of symptomatic and 2.9% of asymptomatic tests for COVID-19 were positive.
  • In the week ending 14 March, there have been 76 cases of COVID-19 confirmed by PCR testing under the Schools LFD testing programme (71 staff, 5 pupils).

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.


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.

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.


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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