About this release

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

Main points

  • Between 28 May to 6 September 2020, 3,970 individuals were recorded in the contact tracing software, from which 19,836 contacts have been traced (of which 15,197 were unique).


  • As at 6 September 2020, there have been 21,543 confirmed COVID-19 cases, equating to 394 confirmed cases per 100,000 population.
  • As at 6 September 2020, 615,918 people in Scotland have tested negative.
  • In the week ending 6 September 2020, there were 75 people aged 2-17 years in Scotland who tested positive for COVID-19, of 16,826 who were tested.
  • Between 1 March 2020 and 2 September 2020, there had been 6,003 admissions to hospital with a laboratory confirmed test of COVID-19, and 18 in the most recent week.
  • As at 6 September 2020, 539 confirmed COVID-19 patients have been treated in an Intensive Care Unit. In the last week there were 3 patients who have ever been confirmed COVID-19 that were admitted to ICU.
  • There were 33,183 people who arrived in Scotland from outside the UK from 31 August to 6 September, of which 13,607 were required to quarantine and 631 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

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Last updated: 07 October 2022
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