18.2% Increase of Hospital Patients With #Covid : Weekly Update

The weekly Covid stats published by Public Health Scotland on 14th of December 2022 are as follows:

  • In Scotland, in the week ending 24 November 2022, the estimated number of people testing positive for COVID-19 was 88,500 (95% credible interval: 71,000 to 106,800), equating to 1.68% of the population, or around 1 in 60 people (Source: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey, UK – Office for National Statistics)
  • In the week ending 04 December 2022, there were 41 deaths involving COVID-19 (1 more than the previous week) (Source: National Records of Scotland)
  • In the week ending 11 December 2022, there were on average 735 patients in hospital with COVID-19, a 18.2% increase from the previous week ending 04 December 2022 (622)
  • In the week ending 11 December 2022 there were 7 new admissions to Intensive Care Units (ICUs) with a laboratory confirmed test of COVID-19, a decrease of 1 from the previous week (04 December 2022)
  • By week ending 11 December 2022 of the 1,930,755 people vaccinated for COVID-19 as part of the Winter 2022 vaccination programme, 90.4% were vaccinated for Flu at the same vaccination appointment

In the latest week ending 11 December 2022, there were 229 new COVID-19 admissions to hospital. Hospital admissions for the most recent week are provisional and should be treated with caution. At the time of publication there were no data available for two NHS Boards, and the previous week’s figures have been rolled forward.

Trend of COVID-19 hospital admissions in Scotland

In the latest week ending 11 December 2022, there were 22 COVID-19 admissions (2.2%) per 1,000 emergency admissions. In the same week, the 80+ age group had the highest rate of COVID-19 admissions (3.2%) and the 18-29 age group had the lowest rate (0.5%).


Total number (and Percentage %) of influenza and COVID19 vaccinations administered to eligible adults in Scotland by Health Board of residence to week 49, 2022

Monitoring of Waste Water for coronavirus’ ribonucleic acid (RNA) in local waste water samples with the backing of Scottish Government and Public Health Scotland (PHS), alongside Scottish Water, CREW (Centre of expertise for Waters) and academic partners from the University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute and Heriot Watt University.

Orkney results

All covid rules and restrictions have been lifted in Scotland, but the virus has not gone away. COVID-19, colds and flu can spread more easily in the winter.

We all still need to keep playing our part to protect ourselves and others. Stay well and make it safer for everyone this winter by:

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  1. There are discussions and meetings being held about having some kind of Covid Memorial in Orkney. Yes – when Covid has passed – a Memorial to those who died and who suffered/are still suffering from it would be fitting.
    But – people in Orkney are still becoming ill with Covid, and experiencing the effects of Long Covid.
    NHS Orkney is struggling due to the increased pressure produced by Covid ‘clusters’ and absences of staff.
    Planning a Memorial places Covid in the past tense – and it isn’t. Stronger warnings and more easily accessible information about its continued presence would be more to the point.
    We went to the Pier Arts Centre Christmas Exhibition and saw only two other people wearing face masks. It’s a simple thing to do – but most people appear to have stopped doing so.
    The level of denial and self-deception about Covid is stunning. We still need to do what we can to avoid it. Then, when/if it goes, have a Memorial to those whose lives it took, and changed.
    It’s not over.

  2. Perhaps we should not even have a designated Covid memorial but rather a memorial for all the victims of failed policies and misguided handling of scientific evidence through decisionmakers? Which would inevitably include Covid victims. People are still suffering – and some will succumb – for so many reasons in this era of disease, conflict and crises.
    Not only mismanaged diseases can kill, also overlooked developments (such as the need for adequate and timely provided supplies for certain types of medication) and poverty can kill. An overstretched NHS cannot provide safe care, the social care situation continues to be untenable, despair, unrest and discontent are growing and affect capacity… but who would want to blame the ones who strike now as a last resort… what else can they do? Clapping hands in 2020 was an empty gesture… which neither at the time compensated in any way for the burden, for the absence of PPE and so forth, nor does it put food on the table of underpaid but burned-out healthcare professionals.

    No wonder that average life expectancy as well as standard of life have started to decline markedly since the beginning of this pandemic, not only in the UK… and chances are that other factors make the situation worse and this trend will continue for some time to come.

    Personally I would therefore prefer to see a memorial for everybody who was and is affected by mistakes of policymakers who rarely pay any price for the consequences of their actions themselves at all. Acknowledgement of failures must be an integral part of the design of memorials… without this acknowledgment memorials do not really mean much.

    Yes, and I agree, a “Covid Memorial” would be premature at this point in time anyway.

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