The number of acute Covid Hospital admissions has gone up in the week published by Public Health Scotland on 5th October 2023 to 257 (1st Oct) from 220 the previous week.
The number of people in Hospital with Covid has also increased to 329 from 301.
The testing for fragments of coronavirus’ ribonucleic acid (RNA) in local waste water samples is one of the few tools left to monitor Covid in communities because so little testing is being done.
The 21st of September 2023 is the last published data for the area covered by Kirkwall Waste Water system. It shows a positive and increasing result.
During the current Winter 2023 vaccination programme a total of 449,999 Influenza (Adult 18+), 82,946 Influenza (Children 6 months to 17 years) and 274,128 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the Scottish population since 04 September 2023.
National Records of Scotland also published weekly deaths registered on 5th October 2023.
The provisional total number of deaths registered in Scotland in week 39 of 2023 (25th September to 1st October) was 1,101 (43 or 4% below the 5-year average). There were 33 deaths mentioning COVID-19.
Those figures in more detail.
Deaths involving Covid
- Age 45 – 64: 2 deaths, 1 female, 1 male
- Age 65 – 74: 6 deaths, 2 female, 4 male
- Age 75 – 84: 8 deaths, 5 female, 3 male
- Age 85+ : 17 deaths, 3 female, 14 male
Of the 33 deaths involving Covid, Covid was the main cause in 22 of them.
There were 2 deaths in Care Homes, 3 at Home/Non- Institutional Setting, and 28 in Hospital.
There were 1,101 deaths due to all causes, 43 fewer than the 5 year average. However, there were 19 excess deaths in Cancer.