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.


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

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
  • Daily COVID-19 dashboard
  • Enhanced surveillance of COVID-19 in Scotland
  • Hospital onset COVID-19 cases in Scotland

COVID-19 daily dashboard

Access the COVID-19 daily 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). 


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. 


The 10 June 2020 COVID-19 statistical report contains information relating to shielding patients.

Ethnicity data

The 3 March 2021 COVID-19 statistical report contains information relating to ethnicity of COVID-19 positives.

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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: 28 June 2021
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