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Coronavirus in Scotland: Key figures and trends Coronavirus in Scotland: Key figures and trends
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This page summarises all the key data relating to the coronavirus outbreak in Scotland and is updated regularly.This page summarises all the key data relating to the coronavirus outbreak in Scotland and is updated regularly.
It uses figures from Public Health Scotland (PHS) which are released daily by the Scottish government on its website and during its daily briefing.It uses figures from Public Health Scotland (PHS) which are released daily by the Scottish government on its website and during its daily briefing.
Figures updated at 14:00 on 17 July 2020. Figures updated at 14:00 on 18 July 2020.
How many deaths have there been?How many deaths have there been?
There are three ways to measure 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. The total number of deaths using this measure is 2,491.The Scottish government's daily announcement counts deaths after a positive test for Covid-19. The total number of deaths using this measure is 2,491.
Every Wednesday, the National Records of Scotland (NRS) releases its virus figures, which counts the number of death certificates that mention Covid-19.Every Wednesday, the National Records of Scotland (NRS) releases its virus figures, which counts the number of death certificates that mention Covid-19.
By this measure there were 4,187 deaths registered in Scotland up until 12 July.By this measure there were 4,187 deaths registered in Scotland up until 12 July.
The NRS also publishes data on excess deaths, compared to a five-year average. This figure stands at 4,817.The NRS also publishes data on excess deaths, compared to a five-year average. This figure stands at 4,817.
The first coronavirus death in Scotland was reported by NHS Lothian on 13 March.The first coronavirus death in Scotland was reported by NHS Lothian on 13 March.
The way PHS collects figures on coronavirus deaths means there appear to be big drops in the number of deaths over the weekend and on a Monday. However, this reflects a delay in the registration of deaths rather than an actual drop in deaths.The way PHS collects figures on coronavirus deaths means there appear to be big drops in the number of deaths over the weekend and on a Monday. However, this reflects a delay in the registration of deaths rather than an actual drop in deaths.
To make the data easier to interpret, this chart also shows a rolling average of the previous seven days of new deaths.To make the data easier to interpret, this chart also shows a rolling average of the previous seven days of new deaths.
What's the total number of confirmed cases?What's the total number of confirmed cases?
The first coronavirus case in Scotland was detected on 1 March by NHS Tayside and there are now 18,401 confirmed cases. The first coronavirus case in Scotland was detected on 1 March by NHS Tayside and there are now 18,422 confirmed cases.
As of 15 June, this figure includes all those who tested positive at one of the UK government-run Regional Testing Centres.As of 15 June, this figure includes all those who tested positive at one of the UK government-run Regional Testing Centres.
However, the actual cumulative number of infections will be far higher, as most people who have or had Covid-19 are not tested.However, the actual cumulative number of infections will be far higher, as most people who have or had Covid-19 are not tested.
This next chart shows how the highest number of new cases confirmed in a day (430) was on 31 March. New cases have mainly been declining since a second peak of 411 on 18 April.This next chart shows how the highest number of new cases confirmed in a day (430) was on 31 March. New cases have mainly been declining since a second peak of 411 on 18 April.
How many tests are being carried out?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.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.This chart shows the total number of tests each day.
The sharp increases in daily test figures after 8 July are in part because of a backlog of tests - including home tests and those carried out for care homes - from the UK government testing programme which were not previously available.The sharp increases in daily test figures after 8 July are in part because of a backlog of tests - including home tests and those carried out for care homes - from the UK government testing programme which were not previously available.
How has the share of positive test results changed?How has the share of positive test results changed?
Over time the percentage of tests coming back positive has decreased - despite more tests being carried out. This is down to the the prevalence of the virus in the community decreasing.Over time the percentage of tests coming back positive has decreased - 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 which can indicate whether an epidemic is under control is whether, with a comprehensive testing system, less than 5% of samples return a positive for Covid-19 over two weeks.The World Health Organisation (WHO) says that one measure which can indicate whether an epidemic is under control is whether, with a comprehensive testing system, less than 5% of samples return a positive for Covid-19 over two weeks.
The last time this was above 5% in Scotland was in May. It has been below 1% since 3 June.The last time this was above 5% in Scotland was in May. It has been below 1% since 3 June.
How many cases are there in my area?How many cases are there in my area?
The Scottish government gives a breakdown of confirmed cases of Covid-19 by health board.The Scottish government gives a breakdown of confirmed cases of Covid-19 by health board.
The highest number of cumulative cases is in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, reflecting the fact it is the most populous part of Scotland.The highest number of cumulative cases is in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, reflecting the fact it is the most populous part of Scotland.
The number of new confirmed cases in Scotland has slowed drastically over the last few weeks, but localised outbreaks are still occurring.The number of new confirmed cases in Scotland has slowed drastically over the last few weeks, but localised outbreaks are still occurring.
This chart shows a breakdown by NHS health board of the last seven days of cases per 100,000 people.This chart shows a breakdown by NHS health board of the last seven days of cases per 100,000 people.
How does Scotland compare to the rest of the UK?How does Scotland compare to the rest of the UK?
Fewer than five people in every 100,000 have tested positive for coronavirus across Scotland's health boards in recent weeks.Fewer than five people in every 100,000 have tested positive for coronavirus across Scotland's health boards in recent weeks.
In other parts of the UK, however, some localised hotspots have been detected, although there has been an improvement in recent days.In other parts of the UK, however, some localised hotspots have been detected, although there has been an improvement in recent days.
How many cases are in care homes?How many cases are in care homes?
The over-75s are particularly vulnerable to Covid-19 and more than half of all deaths from the virus in Scotland have now been in care homes.The over-75s are particularly vulnerable to Covid-19 and more than half of all deaths from the virus in Scotland have now been in care homes.
This chart shows how many new suspected coronavirus cases have been reported each day in Scottish care homes since 11 April.This chart shows how many new suspected coronavirus cases have been reported each day in Scottish care homes since 11 April.
How many people are in hospital?How many people are in hospital?
The coronavirus outbreak created a huge load on Scotland's hospitals and its intensive care unit capacity.The coronavirus outbreak created a huge load on Scotland's hospitals and its intensive care unit capacity.
This graph shows the total number of Covid-19 patients in hospitals across Scotland, with confirmed and suspected cases marked separately.This graph shows the total number of Covid-19 patients in hospitals across Scotland, with confirmed and suspected cases marked separately.
This second chart illustrates how the number of patients in intensive care appears to have peaked on 12 April and has been mainly declining since then.This second chart illustrates how the number of patients in intensive care appears to have peaked on 12 April and has been mainly declining since then.
Source for all graphs and figures: Scottish government's coronavirus in Scotland and its daily briefing.Source for all graphs and figures: Scottish government's coronavirus in Scotland and its daily briefing.