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Coronavirus (COVID-19): daily data for Scotland

Updated at 2pm to provide the latest data on COVID-19 in Scotland. On Saturday and Sunday, only the headline statistics in the summary section are updated. On Monday, the update will include the latest detailed daily data for that day, and Saturday and Sunday.

Published:
8 Dec 2021
Coronavirus (COVID-19): daily data for Scotland

Scottish numbers: 8 December 2021

Summary

  • 3,077 new cases of COVID-19 reported
  • 40,401 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results
    • 8.1% of these were positive
  • 11 new reported death(s) of people who have tested positive
  • 41 people were in intensive care yesterday with recently confirmed COVID-19
  • 582 people were in hospital yesterday with recently confirmed COVID-19
  • 4,357,567 people have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination, 3,965,437 have received their second dose, and 1,961,588 have received a third dose or booster.

Local area data

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

If you have any questions on the PHS dashboard data please contact PHS at: PHS.Covid19Data&Analytics@phs.scot

Full breakdown

Cases and testing

 

On 8 December:

  • 3,077 new cases of COVID-19 reported
  • 40,401 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results
    • 8.1% of these were positive
    • 17,432 were from NHS Scotland labs
    • 22,969 were from the UK Government testing programme

During the week ending 8 December, in total:

  • 48,141 people were newly tested
  • 19,329 people tested positive for the first time
  • 237,385 tests reported (43 tests per 1,000 population)
  • 20,605 positive tests reported (8.7% of tests)

Since the start of the outbreak, as at 8 December:

  • a total of 3,731,893 people in Scotland have been tested at least once. Of these people:
    • 749,620 have tested positive
    • 2,982,273 were confirmed negative
  • a total of 5,340,789 COVID-19 tests carried out through NHS labs and 7,310,762 through UKG Labs in Scotland have reported results.

We will publish the number of confirmed cases of the Omicron variant (B.1.1.529), as determined through whole genome sequencing, in our additional data and information spreadsheet. Further analysis is published in the PHS weekly statistical report.

For the week 21 to 27 November 2021, the ONS Covid-19 Infection Survey estimates that:

  • 1 in 65 people living in private residential households in Scotland had the coronavirus (COVID-19) (95% credible interval: 1 in 75 to 1 in 55)
  • this equates to around 83,300 people (95% credible interval: 69,100 to 99,700)

Further information

Deaths

 
  • on 8 December, 11 new reported death(s) of people who have tested positive
  • in the week ending 5 December, 88 deaths were registered where COVID-19 was on the death certificate

Since the start of the outbreak:

  • 9,672 people have died who have tested positive as at 8 December
  • 12,216 deaths have been registered in Scotland where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate up to 5 December
  • 29% of COVID-19 registered deaths related to deaths in care homes, 64% were in hospitals and 7% were at home or non-institutional settings (as at 5 December)

Further information

Hospitals and ICU

 
  • 582 people were in hospital yesterday with recently confirmed COVID-19; of these, 41 were in intensive care
    • in addition, yesterday 16 confirmed COVID-19 patients were in intensive care longer than 28 days
  • in the week ending 4 December, 382 patients with confirmed COVID-19 were admitted to hospital
  • in the week ending 7 December, 24 patients with confirmed COVID-19 were admitted to intensive care
  • 25,700 inpatients who tested positive for COVID-19 have been discharged from hospital since 5 March 2020
  • as at 1 December, 1,452 people were delayed in hospital

Further information

Vaccination

 

As at 7:30 am on 8 December:

  • 4,357,567 people have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination
  • 3,965,437 have received their second dose
  • 1,961,588 have received a third dose or booster.

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.
  • more information including vaccination breakdowns by sex, age, location (NHS Health Board and local authority) and the JCVI priority groups are available on Public Health Scotland’s interactive dashboard.
  • see the vaccinations data technical note for more information on how the vaccinations data is collected and reported.

COVID-19 Vaccine supply data

As of Monday 6 December:

  • total number of doses allocated: 12,125,700
  • total number of doses delivered: 10,234,440

Further information

  • total number of doses allocated refers to the number of doses that have been made available by the UK Health Security Agency to the Scottish Government for ordering, and is the cumulative amount allocated up to 11:55 6 December 2021
  • total number of doses delivered refers to the number of doses that have been delivered from the UK Health Security Agency to the ownership of the Scottish Government, and is the cumulative amount delivered by 23:59 5 December 2021
  • as of 5 October 2021, the number of vaccines allocated to Scotland now includes all stock allocated for use in the forthcoming booster programme. 

Care homes

 
  • as at 1 December 2021, 71 (7%) adult care homes had a current case of suspected COVID-19
  • in the week 22-28 November 2021 there were 50 new confirmed positive COVID‑19 cases among care home residents and 80 among care home staff
  • as of 28 November 2021, there have been 11,970 confirmed cases of COVID-19 amongst residents and 8,203 amongst staff of care homes for all ages since 9 March 2020

Further information

NHS and care home staff

 
  • in the week ending 7 December, on average 1,927 NHS staff, or around 1.1% of the NHS workforce, reported absent each day for a range of reasons related to COVID-19
  • as at 30 November, 346 staff in adult care homes (including adult and older people care homes) were reported as absent due to COVID-19, based on returns received from 724 (68%) adult care homes. Staff absent due to COVID-19 represents 0.9% of all adult care home staff (37,516) for whom a return was provided
  • we have been notified by Health Boards or the Care Inspectorate of 27 deaths of healthcare workers and 34 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

Education

 

On Monday 6 December:

  • the percentage of school openings (i.e. half days) that showed pupils were in attendance was reported as being 88.4%, of which 0.0% was reported as planned home learning
  • the percentage of school openings (i.e. half days) that showed pupils were not in school because of non Covid-19 related reasons (including exclusions) was 9.4%
  • the percentage of school openings (i.e. half days) that showed pupils were not in school because of Covid-19 related reasons was 2.1%.

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 https://statistics.gov.scot.

Occasionally we publish one-off pieces of data and information when there is public interest in making them available. An example of this was when we released figures to show the percentage of reported cases that were likely to be the variant (VOC-202012/01). Please see our additional data and information page for more detail. 

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, or have been vaccinated
  • the average number of new infections per week over the course of the study