This website lets you keep track of current Covid-19 cases in Scotland - and tells you where they are
It can be difficult to know if the information you're reading about the coronavirus pandemic is up to date and accurate. But, if you live in Scotland, there's a free website that can help.
The Scotland Coronavirus Tracker was made by a 25 year old university student called John, who attends the University of the Highlands and Islands.
On the website, John says, "I started tracking the Coronavirus (COVID-19) data in a spreadsheet out of interest, which eventually led to me making this web page."
Though not associated with the Scottish government, UK government, NHS, or any other organisation, the web page is full of vital information that is regularly being kept up to date.
What will the website tell me?
At the top of the page, the Scotland Coronavirus Tracker highlights the current number of infections, deaths, recoveries and the number of people currently in hospital as a result of Covid-19 in Scotland.
As you scroll through the site, you'll see graphs highlighting information such as the number of new infections and deaths by day over time, as well as testing rates, number of infections by age group, and hospital admissions statistics.
There's also an interactive map showing infections by council area, as well as daily data at a glance, and much more.
Though there is a huge amount of information included on the site, it is clearly laid out and easy to understand.
Where do the statistics come from?
John uses data from the Scottish Government, National Records of Scotland, and Public Health Scotland to populate the tracker. The page is updated at 3pm every day.
The creator stresses, "The data on this page is mostly obtained from official sources, and it is accurate to the best of my knowledge. However, I am only human! I sometimes make miscalculations, or typos. Don’t always take the information on this page fact and base decisions off it.
"All the sources are listed, as is the spreadsheet I make all my calculations in, so feel free to double check the data and let me know if you think something isn’t correct!"
Is it free to use the website?
You can access the tracker for free, but John is accepting donations to help him keep things running.