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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.

28 Feb 2021
Coronavirus (COVID-19): daily data for Scotland

Scottish numbers: 28 February 2021


  • 572 new cases of COVID-19 reported
  • 17,663 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results – 3.8% of these were positive
  • 2 new reported death(s) of people who have tested positive
  • 78 people were in intensive care yesterday with recently confirmed COVID-19
  • 837 people were in hospital yesterday with recently confirmed COVID-19
  • 1,593,695 people have received the first dose of the Covid vaccination and 76,512 have received their second dose

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 28 February:

  • 572 new cases of COVID-19 reported
  • 17,663 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results, of which
    • 671 (3.8%) were positive
    • 8,127 were from NHS Scotland labs
    • 9,536 were from the UK Government testing programme

During the week ending 28 February, in total:

  • 29,956 people were newly tested
  • 4,615 people tested positive for the first time
  • 134,186 tests reported (25 tests per 1,000 population)
  • 5,375 positive tests reported (4.0% of tests)

Since the start of the outbreak, as at 28 February:

  • A total of 1,686,065 people in Scotland have been tested at least once. Of these people:
    • 202,084 have tested positive
    • 1,483,981 were confirmed negative
  • A total of 1,879,511 COVID-19 tests carried out through NHS labs and 2,682,726 through UKG Labs in Scotland have reported results

For the week 13 to 19 February 2021, the ONS Covid-19 Infection Survey estimates that:

  • 1 in 225 people in Scotland had the coronavirus (COVID-19) (95% credible interval: 1 in 285 to 1 in 180).
  • This equates to around 23,400 people (95% credible interval: 18,600 to 29,000)

Latest information on incidence of the new variant of the COVID-19 virus in Scotland is included in the weekly PHS COVID-19 statistical report

There is evidence that the new variant of COVID-19 originally reported from the South of England is circulating widely in Scotland. A good proxy for this new variant are samples tested on the assay used in the UK Government laboratories that give a particular profile of results on the genes tested. Data from Public Health Scotland show that of the new cases reported from the UK Government Laboratories on 2 January 2021, 47.5% of these cases had the profile of the new variant compared to 42.8% reported on 28 December. Access the latest data in the PHS COVID-19 statistical report.

Further information


  • on 28 February, 2 new reported deaths of people who have tested positive
  • in the week ending 21 February, 290 deaths were registered where COVID-19 was on the death certificate

Since the start of the outbreak:

  • 7,131 people have died who have tested positive as at 26 February
  • 9,347 deaths have been registered in Scotland where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate up to 21 February
  • 34% of COVID-19 registered deaths related to deaths in care homes, 59% were in hospitals and 6% were at home or non-institutional settings (as at 21 February)

Further information

Hospitals and ICU

  • 837 people were in hospital yesterday with recently confirmed COVID-19; of these, 78 were in intensive care
    • in addition, yesterday 31 confirmed COVID-19 patients were in intensive care longer than 28 days
  • in the week ending 23 February, 484* COVID-19 patients were admitted to hospital
  • in the week ending 27 February, there were 55 patients who have been confirmed with COVID-19 admitted to intensive care
  • 13,755 inpatients who tested positive for COVID-19 have been discharged from hospital since 5 March
  • as at 24 February, 944 people were delayed in hospital

* The PHS data provided on 28 February only provides data for hospital admissions up to 23 February due to incomplete data.

Further information



As at 7:30am on Saturday 28 February:

  • 1,593,695 people have received the first dose of the Covid vaccination and 76,512 have received their second dose

Latest progress on first doses for the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) priority groups as at 8:30am on Saturday 28 February:

  • 31,490 care home residents (exceeding the initial target for residents in older adult care homes and 98% of residents in all care homes)
  • 44,142 care home staff (98% of staff in older adult care homes and 85% of staff in all care homes)
  • 299,587 frontline health and social care workers exceeding the initial target provided by Health Boards
  • 160,025 people who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (89% of those on the shielding list

From Friday 26 February 2021, Public Health Scotland (PHS) launched a new section on their COVID-19 dashboard which provides daily vaccinations data. This includes:

  • Total vaccinations – daily count and daily cumulative total and dose 1 or 2
  • Vaccination by age group and sex including percentage of population who have received 1st dose
  • Vaccination by location – NHS Health Board and local authority level

The PHS dashboard will continue to be developed, with vaccination by other JCVI priority groups added at a later date.

Further information

  • this is management information and is subject to change on any given day. It covers progress from when the first vaccines against COVID-19 were administered on Tuesday 8 December.
  • see the vaccinations data technical note for more information on how the vaccinations data is collected and provisional population estimates used to assess and report vaccine uptake for the JCVI priority groups. We know that the number of people in each group may change so there is ongoing review and quality assurance, and the population estimates used to calculate vaccine uptake may change.
  • more information on the number of individuals vaccinated is included in the weekly PHS COVID-19 statistical report

COVID-19 Vaccine supply data

As of Monday 22 February:

  • total number of doses allocated: 1,763,400
  • Total number of doses delivered: 1,643,450

Further information

  • total number of doses allocated refers to the number of doses that have been made available by Public Health England to the Scottish Government for ordering, and is the cumulative amount allocated up to 11:55 22 February 2021.
  • total number of doses delivered refers to the number of doses that have been delivered from Public Health England to the ownership of the Scottish Government, and is the cumulative amount delivered by 23:59 21 February 2021.

Care homes

  • as at 24 February, 73 (7%) adult care homes had a current case of suspected COVID-19
  • in the week 15 – 21 February there were 124 new confirmed positive COVID-19 cases among care home residents
  • there have been 9,988 confirmed cases of COVID-19 amongst residents of care homes for all ages since 9 March 2020

Further information

NHS and care home staff

  • In the week ending 23 February, on average 3,949 NHS staff, or around 2.3% of the NHS workforce, reported absent each day for a range of reasons related to COVID-19.
  • as at 23 February, 1,040 staff were reported as absent in adult care homes due to COVID-19, based on returns received from 746 (69%) adult care homes. Staff absent due to COVID-19 represents 2.8% of all adult care home staff (37,452) for whom a return was provided.
  • we have been notified by Health Boards or the Care Inspectorate of 19 deaths of healthcare workers and 26 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



From Monday 22 February all children in P1-P3 were to return to school. Some Senior Phase (S4-S6) pupils were also due to return to school on a part-time basis to attend practical lessons.

Across ALL sectors and local authorities, it is estimated that 30.5% of pupils were physically in school on Wednesday 24 February.

By school sector, 47.4% of pupils in primary schools, 8.1% of pupils in secondary schools and 37.1% of pupils in special schools were physically attending local authority schools on Wednesday 24 February.

In the 7 days up to and including Thursday 18 February:

  • 40 university students have been reported by universities as testing positive for COVID-19. We are aware of a total of 4,600 since the start of the academic year
  • 20 college students have been reported by colleges as testing positive for COVID-19. We are aware of a total of 760 since the start of the academic year
  • numbers include all known students testing positive; including those in halls and those not on campus

(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.

Isolate and support data

We publish a monthly summary of management information provided by local authorities on support provided for self-isolation and to those in wider need during the coronavirus pandemic.

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.