About this release

This weekly release by Public Health Scotland presents epidemiological information on respiratory infection activity, including COVID-19, across Scotland.

Main points

Overall assessment for the period 14 August 2023 to 10 September 2023 (ISO week 33 to 36):

  • Measures of respiratory symptoms in the community and via attendances at GP consultations show low levels of respiratory disease activity during the reporting period (NHS24 and GP ILI).
  • In the CARI community surveillance system, Rhinovirus was the most commonly detected pathogen and swab positivity increased during the last four weeks from 19.0% in week 33 to 32.4% in week 36. This was followed by COVID-19, which has been fluctuating during the reporting period, but decreased overall from 13.8% in week 33 to 10.2% in week 36.
  • Virology data suggest influenza circulated at Baseline activity level during the reporting period. Rhinovirus circulated at lower levels this reporting period and was at Moderate activity level by week 36.
  • The overall number of emergency hospital admissions associated with RSV, influenza and COVID-19 have increased during the reporting period. COVID-19 remains the largest proportion of admissions. ICU/HDU admissions continue to be low.
  • All-cause excess mortality remained within seasonal expectations, overall and for all age groups, during the reporting period. Data for the most recent two weeks is still provisional and should be treated with caution.


As part of our continuous review of reporting, between 1 June and 5 October 2023, Public Health Scotland (PHS) will update the interactive dashboard, COVID-19 open data platform, and respiratory open data platform on a weekly basis at 9.30am every Thursday and provide a narrative report once a month.

This aligns to the pre-pandemic approach for other respiratory pathogens, which typically follow a seasonal pattern with most cases occurring between October and May. A return to weekly publications will resume on 12 October 2023.

PHS will continue to monitor COVID-19 and other respiratory infection levels and publish additional narrative reports if necessary.

Further information

The next release of this publication will be 21 September 2023.

Find out more

Previous Publications

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

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Further data

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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 September 2023
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