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Coronavirus in Scotland: How Many Cases Are There?

The latest daily figures show there have been 615 deaths of people after a positive test for Covid-19, although the actual number in the community is likely to be higher.

There have been 6,358 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Scotland but the Scottish government has talked about this being a massive underestimate.

This page uses Health Protection Scotland data, which is updated daily.

There is also National Records of Scotland data, published each Wednesday, which has more details on Scotland’s coronavirus-related deaths and includes all cases where Covid-19 is mentioned on a death certificate.

Figures correct as of 14:00 on 14 April 2020.

The first coronavirus case in Scotland was detected on 1 March by NHS Tayside and the number of patients testing positive for Covid-19 has risen steadily since then.

There was no data on 13 April from two labs, Tayside and Ayrshire and Arran, meaning the number of cases/tests was artificially low.

Scotland’s coronavirus cases

The first coronavirus death in Scotland was reported by NHS Lothian on 13 March. The patient was elderly and had underlying health issues.

This chart shows how deaths have risen since then, measured against the number of days since 13 March.

Scotland’s coronavirus deaths

The next graph shows how Scotland’s coronavirus death rate compares to England and other countries across the world.

The coronavirus outbreak is creating a huge load on Scotland’s hospitals and its intensive care unit capacity.

Ministers are planning to quadruple the number of intensive care beds in Scotland to cope with the sickest patients. An emergency hospital, with capacity for more than 1,000 patients, is also being built at the SEC in Glasgow.

This graph shows the total number of Covid-19 patients in hospitals across Scotland, with those in intensive care marked in red.

How many Covid-19 patients are in hospital?

The Scottish government provides a breakdown of cases by health board. All patients who have tested positive for Covid-19 and are being treated in hospital will be included in these figures.

The highest number of cases is in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, reflecting the fact it is the most populous part of Scotland.

The Scottish government has committed to carrying out 3,500 tests a day for Covid-19 by the end of April.

This final graph shows how many people are being tested each day by NHS Scotland. It’s important to note that the number of people tested will generally be less than the total number of tests, as some patients are tested more than once.

The data is displayed in two ways: the bottom line shows the rate, measured as the number of patients tested per 100,000 people in Scotland. The top line shows the total number of people tested each day.

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