This report summarises the current situation of the Covid-19 epidemic in Scotland. It brings together the different sources of evidence and data about the epidemic in Scotland at this point in time, why we are at that place, and what is likely to happen next. This updates the previous publication published on 14 April 2022. The information in this document helps the Scottish Government, the health service and the wider public sector respond to the epidemic and put in place what is needed to keep us safe and treat people who have the virus.
This edition of the State of the Epidemic summarises current data on Covid-19 at a national and local level, and how Scotland currently compares to the rest of the UK. It looks at the vaccination program in Scotland and its impact. Information is provided about variants of concern and what impact these may have. Bringing this information together in one place gives the opportunity to better understand the current state of the epidemic in Scotland.
The State of the Epidemic report this week will summarise data up to and including 27 April 2022.
Announced changes to Testing Policy
Test and Protect Transition Plan has been published by the Scottish Government outlining changes to the testing policy from April 2022. The LFD Universal Offer for asymptomatic testing came to an end on 18 April 2022 in Scotland, so caution should be advised when comparing trends in cases over time.
Please note that patient testing requirements changed on the 1 April 2022, which may mean a reduction in asymptomatic cases of Covid detected and a corresponding decrease in Covid related occupancy and admissions. This should be taken into consideration in any interpretations. For more information, please see this resource from the NHS.
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