About this release

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

Main points

  • As at 03 October 2021, there have been 575,231 confirmed COVID-19 cases; 15,050 of these were recorded in the most recent week, a decrease of 29.4% from the previous week.
  • In the week ending 03 October 2021, 15,735 individuals were recorded in the contact tracing software, from which 21,395 unique contacts have been traced.
Image showing that n the week ending 03 October 2021, 15,735 individuals were recorded in the contact tracing software, from which 21,395 unique contacts have been traced.
  • In the week ending 03 October 2021, under the Community Testing Programme 16.8% of symptomatic and 8.6% of asymptomatic tests for COVID-19 were positive.
  • In the week ending 28 September 2021, there were 676 admissions to hospital with a laboratory confirmed test of COVID-19. 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 3% in the most recent week ending 19 September 2021.
  • The number of new admissions to Intensive Care Units (ICUs) for confirmed COVID-19 patients has reduced from 50 in the week ending 25 September 2021, to 37 in the week ending 02 October 2021.
  • In the week ending 03 October 2021 there were 57,306 people who arrived in Scotland from outside the UK, of which 4,680 were required to quarantine (with 277 quarantined in a hotel).
  • Between 1 March 2020 (the start of the COVID-19 pandemic) and 31st August, 122,215 women have had 133,445 pregnancies. PHS have identified a total of 4,248 confirmed cases of COVID-19 during pregnancy which has varied over the time period with a peak number of cases in week ending 11th July 2021.
  • As at 28 September 2021, in those aged 18 and over, dose 1 vaccine uptake is highest in White ethnic groups (89%) and lowest in the Caribbean or Black ethnic groups (68%). For dose 2 this is 84% and 60% respectively.  For dose 2 the lowest uptake is in African ethnic groups (59%).
  • As at 28 September 2021, 84% of those aged 18 and over in the less deprived areas had received their first dose of vaccine for COVID-19 compared to 76% in more deprived areas. For dose 2 this figure is 80% and 69%.

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.

Further information

The next release of this publication will be 13 October 2021.

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.

General enquiries

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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: 12 October 2021
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