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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.

21 Oct 2021
Coronavirus (COVID-19): daily data for Scotland

Scottish numbers: 21 October 2021


  • 2,355 new cases of COVID-19 reported
  • 33,741 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results
    • 7.4% of these were positive
  • 32 new reported death(s) of people who have tested positive
  • 58 people were in intensive care yesterday with recently confirmed COVID-19
  • 917 people were in hospital yesterday with recently confirmed COVID-19
  • 4,297,028 people have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination and 3,886,176 have received their second dose

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&

Full breakdown

Cases and testing


On 21 October:

  • 2,355 new cases of COVID-19 reported
  • 33,741 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results
    • 7.4% of these were positive
    • 18,115 were from NHS Scotland labs
    • 15,626 were from the UK Government testing programme

During the week ending 21 October, in total:

  • 50,335 people were newly tested
  • 17,785 people tested positive for the first time
  • 208,906 tests reported (38 tests per 1,000 population)
  • 18,838 positive tests reported (9.0% of tests)

Since the start of the outbreak, as at 21 October:

  • a total of 3,347,719 people in Scotland have been tested at least once. Of these people:
    • 617,536 have tested positive
    • 2,730,183 were confirmed negative
  • a total of 4,752,057 COVID-19 tests carried out through NHS labs and 6,281,621 through UKG Labs in Scotland have reported results.

For the week 3 to 9 October 2021, the ONS Covid-19 Infection Survey estimates that:

  • 1 in 80 people in the community population in Scotland had the coronavirus (COVID-19) (95% credible interval: 1 in 100 to 1 in 65)
  • this equates to around 66,600 people (95% credible interval: 53,900 to 80,900)

Further information


  • on 21 October, 32 new reported death(s) of people who have tested positive.
  • in the week ending 17 October, 139 deaths were registered where COVID-19 was on the death certificate

Since the start of the outbreak:

  • 9,012 people have died who have tested positive as at 21 October
  • 11,406 deaths have been registered in Scotland where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate up to 17 October
  • 31% of COVID-19 registered deaths related to deaths in care homes, 62% were in hospitals and 7% were at home or non-institutional settings (as at 17 October)

Further information

Hospitals and ICU

  • 917 people were in hospital yesterday with recently confirmed COVID-19; of these, 58 were in intensive care
    • in addition, yesterday 16 confirmed COVID-19 patients were in intensive care longer than 28 days
  • in the week ending 17 October, 573 patients with confirmed COVID-19 were admitted to hospital
  • in the week ending 20 October, 51 patients with confirmed COVID-19 were admitted to intensive care
  • 22,711 inpatients who tested positive for COVID-19 have been discharged from hospital since 5 March 2020
  • as at 20 October, 1,569 people were delayed in hospital

Further information



As at 7:30 am on 21 October:

  • 4,297,028 people have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination and 3,886,176 have received their second dose

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 18 October:

  • total number of doses allocated: 10,218,310
  • total number of doses delivered: 8,643,200

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 18 October 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 17 October 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 20 October 2021, 74 (7%) adult care homes had a current case of suspected COVID-19
  • in the week 11-17 October 2021 there were 69 new confirmed positive COVID‑19 cases among care home residents and 100 among care home staff
  • as of 17 October 2021, there have been 11,628 confirmed cases of COVID-19 amongst residents and 7,641 amongst staff of care homes for all ages since 9 March 2020

Further information

NHS and care home staff

  • in the week ending 19 October, on average 1,809 NHS staff, or around 1.0% of the NHS workforce, reported absent each day for a range of reasons related to COVID-19
  • as at 19 October, 440 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 762 (72%) adult care homes. Staff absent due to COVID-19 represents 1.1% of all adult care home staff (39,184) for whom a return was provided
  • we have been notified by Health Boards or the Care Inspectorate of 26 deaths of healthcare workers and 32 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 Friday 8 October:

  • the percentage of school openings (i.e. half days) that showed pupils were in attendance was reported as being 84.2%, of which 0.1% 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 13.5%
  • the percentage of school openings (i.e. half days) that showed pupils were not in school because of Covid-19 related reasons was 2.3%.

There will be no updates for 2 weeks due to the October break affecting figures. Figures will be backdated from w/c 25 October.

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

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