Public Health Scotland (PHS) undertook a review of the index case time analysis figures within the Contact Management System (CMS) as part of a data quality assurance exercise. A coding error was identified which has now been rectified and the previously published figures have been revised on 6 November 2020.

The impact of the error is shown in a detailed excel document which presents the previously published index case numbers and percentages and the revised index case numbers and percentages. In each table (4,5 and 6) the weekly proportion within 24 hours has reduced and 24-48, 48-72 and over 72 hours has increased. The total number of index cases remains unchanged. This impacts only on data included within this publication and no other outputs produced by PHS are affected.

The coding error has not affected any strategic or operational decision-making on the contact tracing programme.

About this release

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

Main points

  • Between 28 May to 1 November 2020, 47,107 individuals were recorded in the contact tracing software, from which 179,459 contacts have been traced (of which 134,257 were unique).
Between 28 May and 1 November, 134,257 unique contacts were traced from 47,107 individuals who were recorded in the contact tracing software. In the week ending 1 November, 55 positive cases interviewed through contact tracing had stated travel to Blackpool in the previous 14 days.
  • As at 1 November 2020, there have been 66,012 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 7,019 in the latest week.
  • In the week ending 1 November there were 156 individuals aged 16-17 and 257 aged 18-19 who tested positive for COVID-19.
  • In the week ending 29 October 2020, there were 670 admissions to hospital with a laboratory confirmed test of COVID-19.
  • In the week ending 31 October 2020 there were 53 patients who have ever been confirmed COVID-19 that were treated in an Intensive Care Unit.
  • In the week ending 1 November, 55 positive cases interviewed through contact tracing had stated travel to Blackpool in the previous 14 days.
  • In the week ending 1 November 2020 there were 14,298 people who arrived in Scotland from outside the UK, of which 7,472 were required to quarantine and 2,804 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).


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

Open data

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

  • weekly COVID-19 statistical data in Scotland
  • COVID-19 vaccination in Scotland
  • COVID-19 dashboard
  • Enhanced surveillance of COVID-19 in Scotland
  • Hospital onset COVID-19 cases in Scotland

COVID-19  dashboard

Access the COVID-19 dashboard for the following information:

  • daily COVID-19 positive cases and deaths by health board and local
  • daily hospital admissions and ICU admissions at Scotland level
  • data on vaccinations from 26 February 2021

Further data

There is a large amount of data being regularly published regarding COVID-19 – for example, Coronavirus in Scotland on the Scottish Government website (external website) and deaths involving coronavirus in Scotland on the National Records of Scotland (external website). 

COVID-19 in pregnancy in Scotland

The 11 May 2022 COVID-19 statistical report contains information on COVID-19 infection and vaccination in pregnancy in Scotland.


View information about the  COVID-19 Infection Survey (external website) – this represents the single biggest expansion to date of asymptomatic testing for surveillance purposes in the pandemic and is being conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the University of Oxford, on behalf of the UK and The Scottish Government. 

Highest risk (shielding) list

The 02 March 2022 COVID-19 statistical report  contains information relating to shielding patients.

Ethnicity data

The COVID-19 statistical report interactive dashboard was updated on 18 May 2022 to include more recent information relating to ethnicity of COVID-19 positives

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Older versions of this publication

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Last updated: 13 June 2022
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