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Coronavirus (COVID-19): daily data for Scotland

This is updated each day to provide the latest available data on COVID-19 in Scotland.

29 Nov 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19): daily data for Scotland

Scottish numbers: 29 November 2020


  • 746 new cases of COVID-19 reported
  • 2 new reported death(s) of people who have tested positive
  • 76 people were in intensive care yesterday with recently confirmed COVID-19
  • 1,049 people were in hospital yesterday with recently confirmed COVID-19
  • 17,046 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results – 5.2% of these were positive

Local area data

  • Public Health Scotland’s interactive dashboard now provides a map showing the number of cases in local areas, as well as trends for local authorities and NHS boards

Full breakdown

Cases and testing


On 29 November:

  • 746 new cases of COVID-19 reported
  • 17,046 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results, of which
    • 885 (5.2%) were positive
    • 6,356 were from NHS Scotland labs
    • 10,690 were from the UK Government testing programme

During the week ending 29 November, in total:

  • 43,936 people were newly tested
  • 6,328 people tested positive for the first time
  • 135,345 tests reported (25 tests per 1,000 population)
  • 7,547 positive tests reported (5.6% of tests)

For the week 15 to 21 November, the ONS Covid-19 Infection Survey estimates that:

  • 1 in 115 people in Scotland had the coronavirus (COVID-19) (95% credible interval: 1 in 150 to 1 in 90).
  • this equates to around 45,700 people (95% credible interval: 35,000 to 58,100)

Since the start of the outbreak:

  • a total of 1,176,973 people in Scotland have been tested at least once. Of these people:
    • 94,689 have tested psitive
    • 1,082,284 were cnfirmed negative
  • a total of 1,057,492 COVID-19 tests carried out through NHS labs and 1,707,598 through UKG Labs in Scotland have reported results

Further information


  • 2 new reported death(s) of people who have tested positive
  • in the week ending 22 November, 244 deaths were registered where COVID-19 was on the death certificate

Since the start of the outbreak:

  • 3,722 people have died who have tested positive
  • 5,380 deaths have been registered in Scotland where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate up to 22 November
  • 42% of COVID-19 registered deaths related to deaths in care homes, 51% were in hospitals and 7% were at home or non-institutional settings (as at 15 November)

Further information

Hospitals and ICU

  • 1,049 people were in hospital yesterday with recently confirmed COVID-19; of these 76 were in intensive care
  • in the week ending 25 November, 505 COVID-19 patients were admitted to hospital
  • in the week ending 28 November there were 42 patients who have been confirmed with COVID-19 admitted to intensive care
  • 7,514 inpatients who tested positive for COVID-19 have been discharged from hospital since 5 March
  • as at 25 November 1,048 people were delayed in hospital

Further information

Care homes

  • as at 25 November, 129 (12%) adult care homes had a current case of suspected COVID-19
  • in the week 16 - 22 November there were 338 new confirmed positive COVID-19 cases among care home residents
  • there have been 5,850 confirmed cases of COVID-19 amongst residents of care homes for all ages since 9 March
  • in the week 16 - 22 November at least 9,101 individual care home staff, and 2,671 residents were tested in care homes with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • in the week 16 - 22 November at least 32,935 individual care home staff were tested in care homes with no confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Further information

NHS and care home staff

  • in the week ending 24 November, on average 3,173 NHS staff, or around 1.8% of the NHS workforce, reported absent each day for a range of reasons related to COVID-19.
  • in the week ending 24 November, 805 staff were reported as absent in adult care homes due to COVID-19, based on returns received from 809 (75%) adult care homes. Staff absent due to COVID-19 represents 1.9% of all adult care home staff (42,704) for whom a return was provided.
  • we have been notified by Health Boards or the Care Inspectorate of 11 deaths of healthcare workers and 18 deaths of social care workers, related to COVID-19, since the start of the pandemic. We are not able to confirm how many of these staff contracted COVID-19 through their work.

Further information

  • the absence figures for NHS staff and care home staff are calculated in different ways and caution should be exercised in making comparisons – see data definitions and sources
  • the data published weekly on NHS and care homes staff are available in the trends in daily data excel file



On Wednesday 25 November 2020, provisional figures show that:

  • there were 26,182 pupils absent either for all or part of the school day because of COVID-19 related reasons
  • the overall attendance rate at local authority primary, secondary and special schools was 90.3%
  • % of school openings where pupils were not in school for COVID-19 related reasons was 3.7%, and for non COVID-19 related reasons was 6.0%

In the 7 days up to and including Thursday 19 November:

  • 200 university students have been reported by universities as testing positive for COVID-19, an average of around 30 cases per day. We are aware of a total of 3,400 since the start of term
  • 60 college students have been reported by colleges as testing positive for COVID-19, an average of around 10 cases per day. We are aware of a total of 440 since the start of term

(See data definitions and sources for further context on these numbers)

Further information

About these data


The data reported are management information based on a range of operational systems. While checks are completed before publication to ensure data robustness, due to the speed of reporting these data are not currently subject to the full range of processes and quality assurance that would be required for Official Statistics. For more information about the data please see Data definitions and sources.

The latest numbers will publish at 2pm each day. 

Previous data is available atTrends in daily data. Also available as open data at

Other data sources


Public Health Scotland weekly Statistical Report

Public Health Scotland publish a weekly statistical report that presents data on COVID-19 across NHSScotland. As well as providing information on COVID-19 confirmed cases and admissions to hospital, it looks at some of the wider impacts of the virus on the healthcare system, including trends in COVID-19 related use of other NHS services such as NHS24 and Scottish Ambulance Service. It also presents statistics on Test and Protect and quarantining and demographic characteristics (age, sex, deprivation) of people affected by COVID-19. Weekly reports and accompanying interactive dashboards are available on the Public Health Scotland website.

COVID-19: modelling the epidemic in Scotland

The Scottish Government, like other governments around the world, is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. A key part of this response is to model the potential spread and level of the virus in Scotland, and to compare the Scottish experience to other parts of the UK and other countries around the world. The results of this work are used to help the Scottish Government and the wider public sector, and in particular the health service, plan and put in place what is needed to keep us safe and treat people who have virus e.g. to decide how many Intensive Care Beds (ICU) we need for COVID patients. Modelling reports are available on the Coronavirus (COVID-19): modelling the epidemic publications page

Scottish Government COVID-19 four harms dashboard

The Scottish Government publishes a dashboard which brings together data and evidence on the broader impacts of COVID-19. These are referred to as the four harms of COVID-19:

  • direct health impact
  • wider health impacts
  • societal impacts
  • economic impacts

It is updated every Monday.

ONS Covid-19 Infection Survey

The Scottish results of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) COVID-19 Infection Survey are published on the Scottish Government website, and on the ONS website alongside results for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The survey aims to establish:

  • how many people test positive for COVID-19 infection at a given point in time, regardless of whether they report experiencing coronavirus symptoms (estimates first published on 23 October)
  • the number of people who test positive for antibodies, to indicate how many people are ever likely to have had the infection (estimates first published on 24 November)
  • the average number of new infections per week over the course of the study

As the sample size is increased in subsequent weeks, further analysis will become available.