About this release

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

Please note: The full report was revised on 20 August 2020. A footnote has been added to ensure clarity around the reporting period for the latest week for Quarantining Statistics. The weekly statistics reports the latest 8 days rather than one week.

Main points

  • Between 28 May to 16 August 2020, 1,835 individuals were recorded in the contact tracing software, from which 7,449 contacts have been traced.
As of 16 August 19,358 people have tested positive for COVID-19 and 408,770 people have tested negative for COVID-19. Public Health Scotland published data includes results for people tested across NHS Laboratories and UK Government Regional Testing Centres.
  • As at 16 August 2020, there have been 19,358 confirmed COVID-19 cases, equating to 354 confirmed cases per 100,000 population.
  • As at 16 August 2020, 408,770 people in Scotland have tested negative.
  • Between 1 March 2020 and 12 August 2020, there had been 5,959 admissions to hospital with a laboratory confirmed test of COVID-19.
  • As at 16 August 2020, 535 confirmed COVID-19 patients have been treated in an Intensive Care Unit. In the last week there were 2 patients who have ever been confirmed COVID-19 that were admitted to ICU.
  • There were 151,008 people who arrived in Scotland from outside the UK from 22 June to 16 August, of which 36,826 were required to quarantine and 3,614 were contacted by the National Contact Tracing Centre.

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).


On 1 March 2020, the first person in Scotland was tested positive for COVID-19. On the 17 March NHS Scotland was placed in an emergency footing by the Cabinet Secretary. Schools closed on 20 March and the country went into lockdown on 23 March. Scotland entered phase one of easing out of lockdown on 29 May, phase two on 19 June and phase three on 10 July. Schools started to re-open from 11 August.

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.

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

Open data from this publication is available from the following weblinks:

Further data

  • The COVID-19 Vaccine Wastage datafile was updated on 18 April 2024 to include 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.
  • 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)
  • 7 November 2023 Community Acute Respiratory Infection (CARI) surveillance in primary care contains information on flu Vaccine effectiveness in community settings.
  • 25 May 2023 Interim 2022/23 influenza vaccine effectiveness: six European studies, October 2022 to January 2023, contains information on flu Vaccine effectiveness in hospital settings.
  • 13 January 2024 Estimated number of lives directly saved by COVID-19 vaccination programs in the WHO European Region, December 2020 to March 2023, contains information on lives saved due to COVID-19 vaccination

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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: 21 March 2024
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