About this release

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

REVISION 18 February 2022: The 'COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalisations, and Deaths by Vaccine Status' sections were revised (page 34). Due to an analytic error, the previous five weeks of case numbers and age-standardised case rates have included PCR-confirmed cases for ages 15 years old and over, rather than the intended 10 years old and over. This has decreased the unvaccinated case numbers substantially. Table 14 and Figure 13 in the 'COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalisations, and Deaths by Vaccine Status' section contains the correct numbers.

Main points

  • As at 16 January 2022, there have been 1,097,158 confirmed COVID-19 cases; 27,944 of these were recorded in the most recent week, a decrease of 65.2% from the previous week
  • There has been a 7.1% increase in the number of Lateral Flow Device (LFD) asymptomatic tests carried out in the last week. There have been 20,098,516 LFD tests carried out in Scotland since 19 November 2020, of which 222,827 were positive (1.1%)
  • On 05 January 2022, the Scottish Government announced that asymptomatic people who return a positive lateral flow test (LFT) will no longer have to confirm their positive result with a PCR test. From 06 January 2022 to 16 January 2022 there have been 123,573 people in Scotland who have tested positive for COVID-19 on either a PCR or LFD test.
  • In the week ending 09 January 2022, 87,243 individuals were recorded in the contact tracing software, from which 53,517 unique contacts have been traced
  • In the week ending 11 January 2022, there were 1,040 admissions to hospital with a laboratory confirmed test of COVID-19, a decrease of 4% from the previous week. 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 1% in the most recent week ending 02 January 2022
  • In the week ending 16 January 2022 there were 31 new admissions to Intensive Care Units (ICUs) for confirmed COVID-19. This is an decrease of 46.3% from the week ending 09 January 2022

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 26 January 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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Last updated: 21 March 2024
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