The Scottish Government has started publishing additional information on COVID-19 to provide a better insight into the progression of the pandemic in Scotland. The information will be updated daily at 2 pm on the Scottish Government website.
Until now, the Scottish Government provided daily information on the total number of people tested, number tested negative/positive, number of deaths among positive cases and number tested positive by health boards.
Additional data published includes:
- number of cases tested positive and receiving treatment in intensive care,
- number of confirmed or suspected cases receiving treatment in intensive care,
- number of confirmed or suspected cases receiving treatment in hospital,
- Scottish Ambulance Service attendances for total and suspected cases,
- NHS staff COVID-19 related daily absences for the past week,
- number of calls made to the COVID-19 Helpline,
- number of calls made to 111 (not exclusive to COVID-19), and
- number of individuals delayed in hospital (not exclusive to COVID-19).
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: "This information is also essential to helping us to understand who is most severely impacted by the virus, how it has spread and is spreading across the country, and whether there are any hot spots where there are more cases than we would expect to see."
"It also helps us plan for how many beds we will need in our hospitals, and it will help to tell us when the peak of this virus has passed, and when we might be able to make decisions about lifting some of these restrictions," she added.