Last updated: 19 April 2021

Here is an overview of current evidence for direct and indirect health impacts, and social and economic impacts, of COVID-19. These indicators have been chosen as representing key aspects of each harm.

If you hover over each graph, you can see figures for specific days or weeks.

If you are interested in learning more about this evidence, go to ‘detailed analysis’.

You can also find a list of key dates on the homepage.

R number

On 14 April, R in Scotland was estimated to be between 0.8 and 1.0.

New infections

As of 14 April COVID-19 incidence in Scotland was estimated to be between 4 and 28 new daily infections per 100,000 people.


Daily COVID-19 cases have decreased in the last month.


COVID-19 deaths decreased by 11% in the latest week.

COVID-19 hospital admissions

COVID-19 hospital admissions have continued to decrease.

A&E attendances

A&E attendances have increased since early February.

Excess deaths

Deaths are 4% below the normal level.

Emergency admissions

Emergency admissions have increased slightly since early February.

Planned admissions

Planned hospital admissions have increased since early February.

People avoiding contacting GPs

A substantial minority are reluctant to contact a GP practice at the moment for immediate non-COVID-19 health concerns.


On 1 April the percentage of primary school openings with pupils attending was 89.4%.

Crisis grants

Scottish Welfare Fund crisis grant applications were 25% higher in February 2021 than in February 2020.


Since lockdown there has been an overall reduction in crime recorded by police.


Just under half of people report feeling lonely.

Trust in Scottish Government

There are consistently high levels of trust in the Scottish Government.

Perceived threat to jobs

Almost a fifth of employees are worried about the threat COVID-19 poses to their job.


The number of people saying they are concerned about people contracting or spreading COVID-19 on public transport remains high.

Monthly Business Turnover Index (MBTI)

The turnover index strengthened in February, though remains below pre-pandemic levels.

Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

Scotland's GDP fell 2.3% in January.


Scotland's unemployment rate was 4.1% in November - January.

Claimant Count

Scotland's Claimant Count was 212,600 in February.