About this release
This weekly release by Public Health Scotland presents data on COVID-19 across NHSScotland.
- As at 31 October 2021, there have been 645,697 confirmed COVID-19 cases; 15,688 of these were recorded in the most recent week, a decrease of 11.8% from the previous week.
- In the week ending 24 October 2021, 17,805 individuals were recorded in the contact tracing software, from which 25,188 unique contacts have been traced.
- In the week ending 31 October 2021, under the Community Testing Programme 21.6% of symptomatic and 9.3% of asymptomatic tests for COVID-19 were positive.
- In the week ending 26 October 2021, there were 655 admissions to hospital with a laboratory confirmed test of COVID-19. The highest number of new admissions are now in those aged 80+.
- The proportion of all people who were admitted to hospital within 14 days of a laboratory confirmed COVID-19 positive test has declined, from 12% in the week ending 31 January 2021, to 4% in the most recent week ending 17 October 2021.
- The number of new admissions to Intensive Care Units (ICUs) for confirmed COVID-19 patients has decreased from 54 in the week ending 23 October 2021, to 51 in the week ending 30 October 2021.
- In the week ending 31 October 2021 there were 71,911 people who arrived in Scotland from outside the UK, of which 2,281 were required to quarantine.
- PHS have identified a total of 4,979 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in pregnancy with date of onset from 1 March 2020 up to 30 September 2021. Overall, 733 (15%) of the 4,979 total cases were associated with a hospital admission, and 99 (2%) were associated with a critical care admission.
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 (external website).
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 (external website) and Deaths involving coronavirus in Scotland – National Records of Scotland (external website). This report complements the range of existing data currently available.
The next release of this publication will be 10 November 2021.
Find out more
Versions of the Weekly national respiratory report publication released before 30 November 2022 may be found on the Public Health Scotland website
Versions of the COVID-19 weekly statistical report publication released before 30 November 2022 may be found on the Public Health Scotland website
Open data from this publication is available from the following weblinks:
- COVID-19 Open Data platform
- Respiratory Open Data platform
- Flu and COVID Vaccination Uptake Open Data platform
- 11 September 2023 SARS-CoV-2 BA.2.86 variant in Scotland - weekly update
- The Flu and COVID vaccination uptake in Scotland dashboard was updated on 6 July 2023 with the most recent information.
- The COVID-19 in Adult Care Homes in Scotland datafile was updated on 27 July 2023 to include more recent information.
- Ethnicity Data: The COVID-19 & Respiratory Surveillance in Scotland interactive dashboard was updated on 31 August 2023 to include more recent information relating to ethnicity of COVID-19 hospital admissions.
- 28 September 2022 COVID-19 statistical report publication contains information on COVID-19 infection and vaccination in pregnancy in Scotland.
- 2 March 2022 COVID-19 statistical report publication contains information on Highest Risk (shielding patients list)
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