Scotland is experiencing a significant increase in covid cases and related hospitalizations. The BA.2 omicron sub-variant is being blamed (in Denmark as well as elsewhere). Spread to Wales and England is now being observed. For several months this conversation has tracked hospitalization data in Denmark, Israel, UK, and USA (prior example). Below are current demand patterns for hospital-based covid care. It is not yet time to confidently project the scope and scale of another surge here or there, but these shifts are worth close attention.