Published by Public Health Scotland on 23rd February 2023 is the weekly update.
- In Scotland, in the week ending 07 February 2023, the estimated number of people testing positive for COVID-19 was 96,500 (95% credible interval: 80,300 to 114,700), equating to 1.83% of the population, or around 1 in 55 people (Source: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey, UK – Office for National Statistics)
- There were on average 715 patients in hospital with COVID-19, a 1.9% increase from the previous week ending 12 February 2023 (702)
- As part of the Winter 2022 vaccination programme 1,988,003 people have been vaccinated for COVID-19 and 1,933,563 adults have been vaccinated for influenza
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In the latest week ending 19 February 2023, there were 226 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 one NHS Health Board, and the previous week’s figures have been rolled forward.
There were 21 COVID-19 admissions (2.1%) per 1,000 emergency admissions. In the same week, the 80+ age group had the highest rate of COVID-19 admissions (3.7%) and the 30-39 age group had the lowest rate (0.7%).
The number of COVID-19 patients in hospital is an indicative measure of the pressure on hospitals, as these patients still require isolation from other patients for infection control purposes.
In the most recent week ending 19 February 2023, on average there were 715 patients in hospital with COVID-19 which is a 1.9% increase from the previous week ending 12 February 2023, when on average there were 702 patients.
There were 10 new admissions to ICU, a decrease of 2 from the previous week (12 February 2023) when there were 12
Influenza decreased to Baseline activity level (1.1 per 100,000 population). There were 62 laboratory-confirmed influenza cases: 22 type A (not subtyped), eight A(H3), and 32 type B. This compares to 109 laboratory-confirmed cases reported during week 06.
The proportion of NHS24 calls that were for respiratory symptoms remained at Baseline activity level.
NHS Orkney remained at Moderate activity level.
There were 44 influenza related emergency hospital admissions, corresponding to an admission rate of 0.8 per 100,000. This is a decline from the peak of 24.4 per 100,000 observed in week 51. There were two adult ICU/HDU admissions with laboratory confirmed influenza.
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.
To protect yourself and keep others safe:
- if you have symptoms of a virus, cold or flu, try to stay at home and avoid contact with others – if you do need to go out, wear a well-fitting face covering – read more about looking after yourself during the winter
- get your vaccines if offered to ensure you are fully protected
- follow the latest NHS guidance if you are feeling unwell – and know how to get the right care in the right place
- wear a face covering in indoor public places and on public transport
- socialise in well-ventilated spaces where possible
- wash your hands and clean surfaces regularly
- know where to get support for your mental health and money worries