Published by Public Health Scotland are the weekly figures on 2nd March 2023
- In Scotland, in the week ending 14 February 2023, the estimated number of people testing positive for COVID-19 was 114,800 (95% credible interval: 95,400 to 134,800), equating to 2.18% of the population, or around 1 in 45 people (Source: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey, UK – Office for National Statistics)
- There were on average 715 patients in hospital with COVID-19, the same as previous week ending 19 February 2023
- During the current Winter 2022 vaccination programme a total of 1,988,521 people have been vaccinated for COVID-19 and 1,933,820 adults have been vaccinated for influenza
In the latest week ending 26 February 2023, there were 23 COVID-19 admissions (2.3%) per 1,000 emergency admissions. In the same week, the 80+ age group had the highest rate of COVID-19 admissions (3.8%) and the 30-39 age group had the lowest rate (0.6%)
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.
The length of stay in hospital varies but for most people it is about 3.4 days. For those over 80 it tends to be longer.
In the most recent week ending 26 February 2023, on average there were 715 patients in hospital with COVID-19 which is the same as previous week ending 19 February 2023.
There were 11 new admissions to ICU, no change from the previous week .
Influenza remained at Baseline activity level (0.9 per 100,000 population). There were 51 laboratory-confirmed influenza cases: 23 type A (not subtyped), four A(H3) and 24 type B. This compares to 73 laboratory-confirmed cases reported during week 07.
NHS Orkney remained at Moderate activity level
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