About this release

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

Main points

  • In the week ending 16 May 2021, 1,776 individuals were recorded in the contact tracing software, from which 5,880 unique contacts have been traced.
  • As at 16 May 2021, there have been 229,774 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 1,777 in the week ending 16 May.
  • In the week ending 12 May 2021, there were 67 admissions to hospital with a laboratory confirmed test of COVID-19.
  • In the week ending 15 May 2021 there were 4 new admissions to Intensive Care Units (ICUs) for confirmed COVID-19 patients.
  • In the week ending 16 May 2021 there were 4,527 people who arrived in Scotland from outside the UK, of which 3,692 were required to quarantine (of which 747 were quarantined in a hotel) and 2,908 were contacted by the National Contact Tracing Centre.
  • In the week ending 16 May 2021, under the Community Testing Programme 6.8% of symptomatic and 3.0% of asymptomatic tests for COVID-19 were positive.

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).


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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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: 20 November 2023
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