Get all your news in one place.
100’s of premium titles.
One app.
Start reading
Edinburgh Live
Edinburgh Live
Lucinda Cameron & John Gillespie

Covid cases in Scotland jump by almost a third in one week as sub variants surge

New figures show that cases of Covid-19 in Scotland have jumped by almost a third in a single week. According to Public Health Scotland, 15,541 cases were reported in the week ending in June 19.

That figure is up by 30.5 percent from the previous week, when cases were at 11,909.

The growing number of cases are reported to be due to several new sub variants of the Omicron train, which caused the UK cases to hit one million. Data also shows that hospital admissions for those with Covid increased to 696 in the week ending June 14, a rise of 15.2 percent from the week before.

READMORE: Edinburgh expert warns Covid cases are likely to be 'substantially higher' than reported

According to the Daily Record, In the seven days to June 19, 20 people were admitted to the ICU, one more than the previous week.

It comes as the UK Health Security Agency evaluated the classification of omicron BA.4 and BA.5 to the status of “variants of concern” because of their observed growth. The PHS said it "continues to monitor Covid-19 variants of concern, in collaboration with other public health agencies in the UK".

The PHS report found that 15.5 percent of cases reported in the week to June 19 were thought to be reinfections. Over that week, the 40-49 age group had the highest proportion of reported cases in Scotland.

The highest proportion of those admitted to hospital were those aged 80 and over, in the week to June 14. Figures from the ONS last week showed the number of Scots believed to have Covid had increased to one in 30- up from one in 40 the previous week.

The ONC Estimates that in the week ending June 11, 176,900 people in Scotland had the virus- about 3.36 percent of the population. The estimated Covid rate in Scotland is higher than in England, where it’s believed that one in 50 people had Covid in the week ending June 11, while one in 45 are estimated to have had the virus in both Wales and Northern Ireland.


Highly infectious ‘New York’ Covid variant spikes in Scotland with 'new wave' fears

Wrist-worn health trackers ‘could spot Covid-19 before symptoms appear’

Edinburgh expert Professor Devi Sridhar warns against catching Covid more than once

Scots council promises £1 million in cost of living crisis support

School pupil absence rate in East Lothian remains nearly double pre-Covid levels

Sign up to read this article
Read news from 100’s of titles, curated specifically for you.
Already a member? Sign in here
Related Stories
Top stories on inkl right now
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
Already a member? Sign in here
Our Picks
Fourteen days free
Download the app
One app. One membership.
100+ trusted global sources.