About this release

This is the first release by Public Health Scotland on COVID-19 data across NHSScotland.

Main points

As at 4 May 2020:

  • There were 12,266 confirmed COVID-19 cases, equating to 225 confirmed cases per 100,000 population.
  • Of the 12,266 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 7,324 (approx. 60%) were women, 4,914 (approx. 40%) were men, and there were no data on the sex of 28 cases.
  • The highest rate of confirmed cases occurred in those aged 85 and above.
Image caption Confirmed COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population by age group and sex, as at 4 May 2020
Confirmed COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population by age group and sex, as at 4 May 2020 shown as a bar chart
  • As at 3 May 2020, 495 confirmed COVID-19 cases have been treated in an Intensive Care Unit.
  • After initially increasing to around 2,300 per day, the number of COVID-19 related contacts with NHS 24 has decreased to around 1,100.
  • On average 180 people have attended the COVID-19 assessment centres each day, over the last two weeks. (Please note NHS Grampian data is not included)
  • People from the most deprived areas are twice as likely to contact NHS 24 and the COVID-19 hubs and assessment centres than those from the least deprived areas.
  • There has been a significant reduction in A&E (56%) and hospital admissions (42%) since the lockdown came into place.

Background

On 1 March 2020, the first person in Scotland was tested positive for COVID-19. On 17 March, NHSScotland was placed in emergency measures by the Scottish Government. Schools have been closed since 20 March and the country has been in lockdown since 23 March.

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.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly evolving situation.

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

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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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