Last updated: 02 August 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 28 July, R in Scotland was estimated to be between 0.8 and 1.0.

New infections

As of 28 July COVID-19 incidence in Scotland was estimated to be between 89 and 165 new daily infections per 100,000 people.


Daily COVID-19 cases have been decreasing since early July.


Weekly COVID-19 deaths rise to 56

COVID-19 hospital admissions

COVID-19 hospital admissions have decreased since early July.

A&E attendances

A&E attendances have increased since early February.

Excess deaths

Deaths are 11% above average levels for this time of year.

Emergency admissions

Emergency admissions have fluctuated throughout June.

Planned admissions

Planned hospital admissions have fluctuated throughout June.

People avoiding contacting GPs

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


The percentage of school openings with pupils not in school because of COVID-19 related reasons has increased since April.

Crisis grants

Scottish Welfare Fund crisis grant applications were 8% fewer in May 2021 than in May 2020


Recorded crime in June 2021 was lower than both June 2019 and June 2020.


Around 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

1 in 5 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)

Business turnover in March is at a similar level to the same month last year.

Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

Scotland's GDP grew 2.1% in March.


Scotland's unemployment rate was 4.2% in February - April.

Claimant Count

Scotland's Claimant Count was 197,500 in May.