Covid-19 in Scotland: Where are the latest cases?

There have been 20,632 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Scotland and 2,494 people have died following a positive test for the virus, according to Scottish government figures.

This page is updated regularly and analyses the key figures for the coronavirus outbreak in Scotland.

Figures updated at 14:00 on 1 September 2020.

Confirmed cases of Covid-19

Over the past seven days there have been 711 cases detected following a test, with 154 confirmed on Tuesday.

This next chart shows the number of daily confirmed cases after an NHS Scotland or UK government test over the course of the outbreak, along with a seven-day rolling average.

The actual number of people infected will be far higher than the confirmed cases figure, as most people who have or had Covid-19 are not tested.

New confirmed cases of Covid-19

How many cases are there in my area?

The number of new daily cases in Scotland has slowed drastically since the peak of the outbreak in April, but local outbreaks have been occurring since the end of July.

This chart shows a breakdown by NHS health board of the last seven days of cases per 100,000 people.

Scotland's Covid-19 'hotspots'

Cases per 100,000 over the last seven days

Over the course of the outbreak, the highest number of cumulative cases has been in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, reflecting the fact it is the most populous part of Scotland.

Confirmed cases by health board

Health boardNew cases in past 24hrsNew cases in past weekTotal cases
Ayrshire and Arran11511,359
Borders213372
Dumfries and Galloway14314
Fife418997
Forth Valley7311,149
Grampian2291,939
Greater Glasgow and Clyde662455,497
Highland615417
Lanarkshire27982,987
Lothian18723,378
Orkney0117
Shetland0056
Tayside10672,143
Western Isles007

What is the estimated R number in Scotland?

The R number, or reproduction number, is a way of rating a disease’s ability to spread. It is the average number of people that one infected person will pass the virus on to.

Scientists believe an R number higher than one is problematic as it means the number of cases can, in theory, spread exponentially.

The Scottish government has been monitoring the estimated R number in Scotland since the start of the outbreak.

Tracking Scotland's R number

How has the share of positive test results changed?

The percentage of tests coming back positive has decreased since the height of the outbreak – despite more tests being carried out. This is down to the the prevalence of the virus in the community decreasing.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says that one measure that can indicate whether an epidemic is under control is whether, with a comprehensive testing system, less than 5% of samples return a positive result for Covid-19 over two weeks.

The last time this was above 5% in Scotland was in May.

Positive results for coronavirus

How many tests are being carried out?

Tests in Scotland are carried out either by NHS Scotland or by UK government labs, which include the regional testing centres, care home portal and home tests.

This chart shows the total number of tests each day.

Testing for Covid-19

Deaths from Covid-19

There are three ways to measure deaths from Covid-19.

The Scottish government’s daily announcement counts deaths after a positive test for Covid-19, whereas the National Records of Scotland (NRS) counts all death certificates that mention Covid-19, even if the person has not been tested for the virus.

The NRS also publishes weekly data on excess deaths, compared to a five-year average.

  • Coronavirus in Scotland: The death toll

How many people have died from coronavirus in Scotland?

The first coronavirus death in Scotland was reported by NHS Lothian on 13 March.

There have been only two deaths following a positive test for the virus since 16 July.

How many people are in hospital?

At its peak, the coronavirus outbreak created a huge load on Scotland’s hospitals and its intensive care unit capacity.

This graph shows the total number of patients with confirmed Covid-19 in hospitals across Scotland.

Covid-19 patients in hospital

This second chart illustrates how the number of patients in intensive care peaked on 12 April and has been mainly declining since then.

Intensive care patients with confirmed Covid-19

  • DEATHS: Scotland’s Covid-19 death toll
  • THE R NUMBER: What it means and why it matters
  • LOOK-UP TOOL: How many cases in your area?

Source for all graphs and figures: Scottish government’s coronavirus in Scotland and its daily briefing.

  • Coronavirus pandemic
  • Scottish government
  • Coronavirus testing
  • NHS Scotland

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