About this release

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

Main points

  • Between 28 May to 6 December 2020, 80,849 individuals were recorded in the contact tracing software, from which 307,454 contacts have been traced (of which 227,703 were unique).
Between 28 May and 6 December, 227,703 unique contacts were traced from 80,849 individuals who were recorded in the contact tracing software.
  • As at 5 December 2020, there have been 100,534 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 5,421 in the week ending 5 December.
  • In the week ending 6 December there were 102 individuals aged 16-17 and 155 aged 18-19 who tested positive for COVID-19.
  • In the week ending 3 December 2020, there were 368 admissions to hospital with a laboratory confirmed test of COVID-19.
  • In the week ending 5 December 2020 there were 36 new admissions to Intensive Care Units (ICUs) for confirmed COVID-19 patients.
  • In the week ending 6 December 2020 there were 9,230 people who arrived in Scotland from outside the UK, of which 4,968 were required to quarantine and 3,707 were contacted by the National Contact Tracing Centre.
  • For the week ending 3 December 2020, 0.2% of key healthcare workers tested positive for COVID-19.
  • 3% of tests carried out on asymptomatic patients in community testing pilots across Scotland were positive for COVID-19.
  • Since the beginning of December 2020, 22,257 lateral flow device (LFD) tests have been carried out on students from Universities and Colleges across Scotland.

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

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

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: 07 October 2022
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