About this release

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

Main points

  • As at 31 October 2021, there have been 645,697 confirmed COVID-19 cases; 15,688 of these were recorded in the most recent week, a decrease of 11.8% from the previous week.
  • In the week ending 24 October 2021, 17,805 individuals were recorded in the contact tracing software, from which 25,188 unique contacts have been traced.
Image showing that in the week ending 24 October 2021, 17,805 individuals were recorded in the contact tracing software, from which 25,188 unique contacts have been traced.
  • In the week ending 31 October 2021, under the Community Testing Programme 21.6% of symptomatic and 9.3% of asymptomatic tests for COVID-19 were positive.
  • In the week ending 26 October 2021, there were 655 admissions to hospital with a laboratory confirmed test of COVID-19. The highest number of new admissions are now in those aged 80+.
  • The proportion of all people who were admitted to hospital within 14 days of a laboratory confirmed COVID-19 positive test has declined, from 12% in the week ending 31 January 2021, to 4% in the most recent week ending 17 October 2021.
  • The number of new admissions to Intensive Care Units (ICUs) for confirmed COVID-19 patients has decreased from 54 in the week ending 23 October 2021, to 51 in the week ending 30 October 2021.
  • In the week ending 31 October 2021 there were 71,911 people who arrived in Scotland from outside the UK, of which 2,281 were required to quarantine.
  • PHS have identified a total of 4,979 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in pregnancy with date of onset from 1 March 2020 up to 30 September 2021. Overall, 733 (15%) of the 4,979 total cases were associated with a hospital admission, and 99 (2%) were associated with a critical care admission.

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 (external website).

Background

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.

Further information

The next release of this publication will be 10 November 2021.

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

View open data for COVID-19 on the Scottish Health and Social Care Open data platform (external website) for:

  • COVID-19 statistical data in Scotland (daily and weekly data available)
  • COVID-19 Vaccination in Scotland (data up to 14 September 2022)
  • Hospital onset COVID-19 cases in Scotland
  • Enhanced Surveillance of COVID-19 in Scotland
  • COVID-19 Infections in Pregnancy in Scotland

You can also view the open data for the Flu and COVID Winter 2022 Vaccination Programme Uptake

Further data

General enquiries

If you have an enquiry relating to this publication, please contact phs.covid19data&analytics@phs.scot.

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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: 07 October 2022
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