About this release

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

Main points

  • From 01 March 2022, PHS now include episodes of reinfection within COVID-19 reporting. Prior to this date COVID-19 cases were based on an individual’s first positive test result only. The new daily calculation includes both new infections and possible reinfections. Possible reinfections are defined as individuals who tests positive, by PCR (polymerase chain reaction) or LFD (lateral flow device), 90 days or more after their last positive test.
  • In the week ending 27 February 2022, there were 42,616 COVID-19 cases (identified by PCR or LFD and including reinfections), a decrease of 9.8% from the previous week
  • In the week ending 27 February 2022, 3,601 (8.4%) of all cases reported that week were determined to be reinfections when applying the 90-day threshold
  • In the week ending 20 February 2022, 48,419 individuals were recorded in the contact tracing software, from which 44,379 unique contacts have been traced
  • In the week ending 22 February 2022, there were 701 admissions to hospital with a positive COVID-19 test (PCR or LFD), an increase of 3% from the previous week. The highest number of new admissions are now in those aged 80+
  • In the week ending 27 February 2022 there were 19 new admissions to Intensive Care Units (ICUs) with a laboratory confirmed test of COVID-19. This is an increase of 5.6% from the week ending 20 February 2022
  • As at 21 February 2022, there were 177,475 individuals on the highest risk (previously known as shielding) in Scotland. This equates to around 3.2% of the Scottish population.

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.


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 and Deaths involving coronavirus in Scotland – National Records of Scotland). This report complements the range of existing data currently available.

Further information

The next release of this publication will be 9 March 2022.

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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